The United Auto Workers union has joined forces with Canadian union Unifor and asked U.S. consumers to boycott Mexico-made General Motors vehicles. It’s a step up from the UAW’s previous stance that asked its members to not consider the purchase of GM vehicles made in the country.
A new video details GM’s rise and full at the end of the oughties, to present day, which is attached above. The UAW asks the automaker to invest in the U.S. GM CEO Mary Barra has said it has more vehicles it plans to build in the U.S.
However, GM has taken to Mexico to build some of its most profitable vehicles: crossovers and trucks. We previously compiled a list of all vehicles GM builds and exports from Mexico to the U.S. for sale. They range from the sub-compact Chevrolet Trax, to certain configurations of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.
The Detroit Free Press reported Friday the latest push from the UAW follows President’s Trump’s signing of the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order. The order can provide federal financial assistance to companies such as loans, loan guarantees, cooperative agreements, insurance, and interest subsidies. The extension of the executive order now includes raw materials such as concrete and other manufactured goods.
In addition to the Mexico boycott, the UAW said it does not support GM cars made and exported from China or Poland. Curiously, it excludes South Korea, which exports the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Spark to the U.S. The inclusion of Poland is also peculiar as Buick is the only recipient of a Polish-made car in the Cascada convertible, which will soon exit production.
The backlash comes after GM announced it would cut thousands of jobs and close five North American plants this past November.
In addition to the UAW boycott escalation, Canada’s Unifor plans to air a Super Bowl ad this Sunday. The ad will call on U.S. consumers to not purchase GM’s Mexico-made vehicles and remind the audience of the of the multi-billion dollar bailout both the U.S. and Canadian governments, taxpayers, and unions funded.