General Motors and the United Auto Works union avoided a major strike last year, signing a renewed contract both parties agreed upon in the final hours of negotiations. But, the Lordstown, Ohio, responsible for building the Chevrolet Cruze, assembly has recently filed a strike request over unresolved issues with their local contracts.
UAW Region 2-B Director Ken Lortz said Local 1112 and Local 1712, which represent roughly 4,150 hourly workers at GM’s Lordstown Complex, have requested UAW leaders to approve a five-day strike letter.
“They told me they didn’t feel management was taking the bargaining process seriously,” he told The Detroit News. “We’re going to get a deal done or we’re going to have a problem.”
Each union’s local department is responsible for negotiating their own contracts alongside a national agreement, which cover local plant rules and issues.
If the strike letter is approved, it will give leaders a deadline to reach a new deal before a strike does take place.
At the time of the report, negotiators had made progress, but were far from reaching a number of important issues.