The United Auto Workers union has urged its members to boycott the Mexico-made Chevrolet Blazer in a scathing new letter published to Facebook.
WardsAuto reported on the letter on Thursday, which said the UAW continues to have “conflicts and disagreements” with GM. The letter’s two main motifs are ones we’ve seen highlighted in recent months. Terry Dittes, director of the UAW’s GM Department, said the automaker has doubled down on cheaper labor in Mexico and continues to use temporary workers at U.S. plants, which robs laid-off UAW members of jobs.
“It’s my opinion America is with us in this fight to build here what we sell here,” Dittes wrote in part. The letter was addressed to Local Union Presidents, Shop Chairpersons, Vice Presidents, Financial Secretaries and Recording Secretaries.
Dittes continued and explicitly advocated for a boycott over GM’s latest mid-size crossover SUV and said it’s his hope every UAW member and family does not purchase the Chevrolet Blazer “unless it is made in the USA by the members of the UAW.”
GM did not respond to the UAW letter at the time of this report.
He didn’t hold back elsewhere in the letter, using some incredibly strong language. Specifically, he called out GM and said the automaker cares about one thing only: money. He said GM’s slumping stock price and U.S. sales is evidence the automaker cannot afford to close four U.S. production plants while Mexico builds new vehicles.
GM announced this past November that it would close two vehicle assembly plants and two transmission plants in the U.S. as part of a massive restructuring operation. The Lordstown plant in Ohio, Detroit-Hamtramck plant and Warren transmission operation in Michigan, and Baltimore transmission plant in Maryland are all scheduled to go idle in a few months.
The automaker will need to negotiate the plants’ closures with the UAW this year as the current labor contract expires this September. So far, it appears GM is in for a tough fight.
GM has vowed to find new jobs for the thousands of UAW workers that will be laid off with the plant closures, but the UAW has already filed a lawsuit against the automaker over its use of temp employees. Dittes also urged UAW members to expose any plants where GM currently uses temp workers as the legal battle ramps up.