About 800 members of the United Auto Workers Local 2164 voted Tuesday to authorize a strike at General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly plant over ongoing quality and safety concerns at the facility. More than 90 percent of union workers who voted were in favor of the strike authorization, although a local union leader said he hopes the differences can be resolved without a strike.
According to Eldon Renaud, president of the Local 2164, there have been several “near misses” at the plant that could have resulted in serious injuries for the assembly line workers. He also said the union has concerns about the elimination of quality control at the plant, as it may affect the integrity of the plant’s quality procedures.
The union hopes the strike authorization will get the attention of upper management and result in strike negotiations.
“We’re like everybody else, we’re strike-shy,” Renaud said. “Nobody wants to have a strike. Who really benefits by it?”
The plant says its employees, along with the quality control of its products, are of the utmost importance to them and are taken into consideration with every decision made.
“We’re confident that we can work together and have a strong track record of creative problem solving,” a statement released by the plant said.
We’ll keep you updated on the potential strike at the Bowling Green plant as the story develops.