Auto Employees Strike Hits Common Motors’ Texas SUV Plant

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By Calvin S. Nelson

The United Auto Employees union known as a strike at Common Motors’ SUV plant in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, including one other main manufacturing facility to its rising work stoppage towards the “Huge Three” automakers.

The union stated roughly 5,000 members wouldn’t be working on the facility, the place GM produces the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. The Texas walkout brings the full variety of auto staff on strike towards GM, Ford and Jeep father or mother firm Stellantis to round 45,000.

After practically six weeks of its regularly escalating strike, the union is now hitting the automakers the place it hurts essentially the most: the manufacturing of massive vans and SUVs. These fashions present the automakers a few of their widest revenue margins, and the union boasted Tuesday that it was hitting GM’s “largest moneymaker.”

“As we’ve stated for months: report earnings equal report contracts,” UAW President Shawn Fain stated in an announcement by way of the union. “It’s time GM staff, and the entire working class, get their fair proportion.”

GM stated in an announcement Tuesday that it was “disenchanted by the escalation of this pointless and irresponsible strike.”

“It’s harming our crew members who’re sacrificing their livelihoods and having destructive ripple results on our sellers, suppliers and the communities that depend on us,” the corporate stated.

The UAW struck one among GM’s most necessary vegetation on Tuesday.

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The strike in Texas comes simply in the future after the union shut down manufacturing at Stellantis’ Sterling Heights plant in Michigan, the place the corporate makes its Ram pickup truck. As with the GM strike in Arlington, the union identified that it was now concentrating on Stellantis’ most worthwhile automobiles.

The UAW stated Stellantis had put forth the “worst” supply of any of the Huge Three. Its evaluation of GM was not a lot kinder, saying Tuesday that GM’s newest supply “fails to reward UAW members for the earnings they’ve generated.” The union cited “poor” cost-of-living will increase and “the weakest 401(okay) contribution supply on the desk” at GM.

That is the primary time the UAW has ever waged a concurrent strike in any respect three corporations. Employees are attempting to safe main beneficial properties in new four-year contracts, citing earlier concessions they made to assist stabilize the businesses following the monetary disaster.

The union launched its strike on Sept. 15 at solely choose services, following an unpredictable playbook that leaves room for extra walkouts. The Arlington strike is the third in two weeks that the union declared with no warning, hoping to catch the businesses off guard.

The UAW had beforehand been setting deadlines earlier than shutting down vegetation.

“[B]ut then the Huge Three started to sluggish stroll bargaining till simply earlier than every deadline,” the union stated, prompting it to decide on a much less predictable technique.


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