General Motors may face blowback as workers at one of its automotive suppliers, Faurecia, have gone on strike.
Automotive News (subscription required) first reported on the strike and said negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement continued into the late-night hours. For now, workers represented by the UAW Local 892 are off the job. There are no plans to restart talks with the company and the UAW negotiators.
“Unfortunately, after many long hours at the bargaining table, we have yet to reach a tentative agreement with the company,” a statement sent to Local 892 members by the UAW said Thursday.
The plant, based in Michigan, employs 1,900 workers that make interior parts and instrument panels for GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Tesla.
Originally a Ford plant the automaker built in 1966, it’s gone through a few owners. Most recently, Faurecia acquired the facility in 2012. Then, upgrades were implemented in 2015 when the last UAW contract was worked out. Pay also rose from $12 an hour in 2015 to $17.50 an hour in 2018. Workers at the top level saw wages increase from $28 per hour to $32 per hour.
However, conditions inside the plant have reportedly deteriorated. Workers have complained on social media about issues such as plumbing problems in the restrooms. At one point, portable restrooms were brought it instead.
It’s unclear what the union is looking for in a new agreement, so stay tuned as we follow the strike and how it may impact production at GM facilities in the U.S. and globally.
Source: Automotive News