Just as the first batches of 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco sedans leave the Fairfax, Kansas assembly plant, it’s UAW workers will hold a strike authorization vote Thursday after workers rejected a local labor contract last Friday. According to reports, roughly 66% of production workers and 58% of skilled-trades workers voted against the proposed contract. In total, around 3,400 hourly workers are employed in the plant. Aside from the Malibu, Fairfax also produces the Buick LaCrosse.
George Ruiz, president of UAW Local 31, stated that the strike authorization vote is just a routine part of the negotiation process in order to gain more leverage, should the authorization pass. And while Ruiz didn’t get into details, we’re told that it has nothing to do with money, but rather with safety issues.