UAW broadens strike to vital GM SUV plant in Texas

UAW expands strike to GM's largest plant, shutting down 42% of automaker's production

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DETROIT– The United Auto Workers union on Tuesday broadened its strike versus General Motors to an extremely successful full-size SUV plant in Texas– a quick action to healthy earnings and record third-quarter earnings for the car manufacturer.

The Tuesday strike escalation consists of approximately 5,000 employees at GM’s Arlington Assembly plant, which produces the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs.

The walkout came simply hours after the car manufacturer reported third-quarter profits outcomes that beat Wall Street’s expectations.

“Another record quarter, another record year. As we’ve said for months: record profits equal record contracts,” stated UAW President Shawn Fain in a declaration. “It’s time GM workers, and the whole working class, get their fair share.”

Fain’s claims of record outcomes for the car manufacturer recommendation record third-quarter earnings, according to the union. GM reported decreasing earnings for the quarter.

The car manufacturer revealed in its quarterly upgrade that the UAW strike has currently cost it $800 million in lost production– before the Arlington disturbance– consisting of $200 million throughout the 3rd quarter.

Striking United Auto Workers members from the General Motors Lansing Delta Plant picket in Delta Township, Michigan, onSept 29, 2023.

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GM, in a declaration, stated it was “disappointed by the escalation of this unnecessary and irresponsible strike.”

“It is harming our team members who are sacrificing their livelihoods and having negative ripple effects on our dealers, suppliers, and the communities that rely on us,” the business stated, later on including it’s “time for us to finish this process.”

More than 45,000 UAW members at the Detroit car manufacturers, or approximately 31% of union members covered by the ended agreements, are now on strike. Another 7,000 approximately, or about 5% of the employees, have actually been laid off due to causal sequences of the strikes, according to the business.

The strike started onSept 15 with walkouts for each of the car manufacturers at assembly plants in Michigan, Missouri andOhio They have actually given that grown to consist of 8 assembly plants and 38 parts warehouse in 22 states.

The strike at the Arlington plant comes a day after the UAW targeted an essential plant for Stellantis in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and almost 2 weeks after a walkout at a Kentucky truck plant that is accountable for $25 billion yearly in earnings for Ford Motor The unannounced walkouts at successful centers represent what Fain has actually called a “new phase” of bargaining with the Detroit car manufacturers.

The union had earlier threatened GM’s Arlington plant.

OnOct 6 Fain stated the UAW was preparing a walkout at the center up until GM made a last-minute proposition to consist of employees at the business’s joint-venture battery cell plants in the business’s master arrangement.

However, it appears that development has actually given that stalled: Fain informed press reporters Monday that talks relating to the battery cell plants were “dead in the water,” decreasing to elaborate on where the conversations stood.

GM CEO Mary Barra stated throughout the business’s third-quarter financier call Tuesday that conversations to consist of battery plant employees “under the scope of the national agreement” stayed open, however stated the existing focus is for employees at the joint endeavor, referred to as Ultium, to negotiate their own handle the union.