The allocation of the electric pickup truck to Hamtramck was allegedly part of the deal that GM offered the UAW over the weekend, which the union later rejected, sparking a walkout midnight Sunday.
GM has not said if its upcoming battery-electric pickup truck will be a Chevrolet or GMC, or if it will fall under another one of its brands. The automaker previously indicated it would not launch the vehicle for a while longer, with company president Mark Reuss saying the company wants to take its time engineering it, aiming for it to have similar range and performance to an internal combustion engine truck.
The delayed arrival of the electric pickup may be seen as unattractive for the UAW, as it would leave Detroit-Hamtramck idle for the immediate future. The union has previously indicated it will not accept a deal that doesn’t include new production allocation for Hamtramck and Lordstown.
The rejected deal would have also seen GM transform the closed Lordstown facility into an electric vehicle battery cell production plant. The automaker said that under the deal, it would add around 5,400 unionized jobs over the next four years.
GM released a new statement Monday morning after the UAW decided to walk off the job Sunday, saying that “negotiations have resumed,” with the union and adding that its goal “remains to reach an agreement that builds a stronger future for our employees and our business.”