GM Corvette Assembly Plant workers strike

Andrew Cummings
September 16, 2019

Data shows that the average GM worker now amasses around $14,000 (nearly twice that of both Ford and FCA) of annual profit-sharing income, though this number could substantially drop should the automotive industry experience a decline. "It represents great sacrifice and great courage on the part of our members and all of us".

Before the talks broke off, GM offered new products to replace work at two of four USA factories that it intends to close.

UAW leaders and members are supposed to continue contract talks on Monday at 10 a.m.

The new factory would be in addition to a proposal to make electric vehicles for a company called Workhorse, the person told the Associated Press.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) announced that some 48,000 workers at General Motors Co. plants will go on strike starting on Sunday in a move that could hurt the American auto giant and even the whole U.S. economy. GM has said they negotiated in good faith.

GM's last major strike, according to the Journal, was in 2007 when 73,000 workers at more than 89 facilities walked off the job for two days.

The union's 46,000 hourly workers walked out at 31 GM factories and 21 other facilities, spread across nine states, mostly in the center of the country.

But union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said they have come to terms on only 2% of the new four-year contract. It also promised a "solution" for two of the four plants now slated for closure: one in Detroit and another in Lordstown, Ohio.

As UAW vice president Terry Dittes said, "We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most".

The closure of Lordstown drew widespread criticism, including from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Negotiations are set to resume Monday morning.

GM has factories in Ohio, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Indiana and Kansas, but no where are the operations of the company and the auto industry felt more deeply than in MI, where the company has more than 14,000 hourly employees at plants in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Bay City, Orion, Brownstown Township, Romulus, Warren and Lansing.

AP reported it's highly possible that GM production in Canada and Mexico may also stop. That would mean fewer vehicles for consumers to choose from on dealer lots, and it would make it impossible to build specially ordered cars and trucks. But supplies are well below the industry average for Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, which generate big money for the company.

It was the need to save money for those efforts that GM halted operations at three United States plants - including the assembly line in Lordstown, and announced plans to shut the Hamtramck plant, its last Detroit factory, early next year.

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