According to analysts from the Bank of Montreal, the autoworkers’ strike will have a widespread impact across various aspects. One of the most immediate consequences will be an increase in the prices of new cars, which will subsequently affect the prices of used vehicles as well. This inflationary effect will be amplified by the recent chip shortage caused by the pandemic and other strains in the supply chain. Dealerships may still have copies of books like ‘car sales and a guide to profiting in a global pandemic’ on their shelves, highlighting the uncertainty and challenges faced by the industry.
Additionally, the strike will also have a negative impact on gross production, and when combined with the possibility of a government shutdown, it could significantly undermine economic confidence for the remainder of 2023. The uncertainty surrounding these events further contributes to the overall economic instability.
Furthermore, the issue of wages in relation to inflation is also a concern. As autoworkers demand improved pay packages, Federal Reserve Chair Powell faces a new challenge in his efforts to avoid a wage-inflation spiral. The collective bargaining process has always been unpredictable during this economic cycle, and it will be interesting to observe whether union activity overwhelms the otherwise moderate pace of nominal wage growth.
Overall, the autoworkers’ strike not only affects car prices and production levels but also raises concerns about inflation and wage pressures. The outcomes and resolutions of these issues will shape the future of the automotive industry and have wider implications for the economy.