General Motors Subsidiary Workers At Four Plants Set Strike Deadline

UAW members could strike as early as tomorrow in Michigan.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

“General Motors subsidiary employees at four Michigan plants have set a strike deadline for 10 a.m. Thursday if the automaker and the United Auto Workers cannot reach an agreement.

If the subsystem employees do walk off the job, the impact on production could be felt within hours, said a union leader who was not authorized to speak for the union so they spoke to the Detroit Free Press on the condition of anonymity.

‘If they walk off it’s going to affect the GM workers within hours,’ this person said. ‘I don’t know if GM will have their supervisors run parts to the line. The subsystems people sequence the parts for the orders and when the line runs out those workers take them to the line.’

According to the person, the subsystem workers who could strike are at the following plants:

  • Flint Assembly, represented by UAW Local 598. GM builds its top-selling and profitable heavy-duty pickups there.
  • Lansing Grand River Assembly, represented by Local 602 where GM builds Cadillac CT4, Cadillac CT4-V, Cadillac CT5, Cadillac CT5-V and Chevrolet Camaro.
  • Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, represented by Local 22. GM makes the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup there and will start on the Hummer SUV.
  • Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, represented by Local 5960, which makes the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV.

‘It could shut down production in a matter of hours depending on what GM’s plan is,’ the person said. ‘That means it could idle the 500 workers at Lear and 300  to 400 at Flint Metal and … 5,500 at Flint Assembly.’

The subsystem workers have been working on a contract that expired more than a year ago and, ‘GM won’t come to terms with a contract for them,’ the person said.”

For the rest of the story, visit the Detroit Free Press here.

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