GM Strike Affects GM Parts Availability5
The UAW’s GM strike has hit production facilities across the nation, with picketing union members closing down plants and blocking access for anyone attempting to cross the picket line. In a show of solidarity, the Teamsters have joined the UAW and stated that members will “honor [the UAW’s] picket lines.” Now, we’re learning that the GM strike is affecting GM parts availability, which could leave some collision shops and insurers in limbo.
The GM parts availability issue was confirmed in an email this week, with General Motors senior communications manager Jim Cain addressing it directly, writing:
“Negotiations between GM and the UAW continue but our ability to ship parts from our distribution facilities is limited. Our dealers have a limited supply of parts, however, we are supplementing customer needs with inventories from a group of wholesale dealers and ACDelco Distributors.”
Cain went on to indicate that there are over 300 wholesale GM dealers offering “large stocks of collision and repair parts for sale to other dealers and the independent after market.”
Just last month, GM launched a new service parts processing center in Burton, Michigan, but it too has reportedly been affected by the latest GM strike. When it’s finally back up and running at full capacity, the new processing center is expected to average upwards of 100 inbound and 55 outbound deliveries daily.
Yesterday, we reported that despite the recent GM strike, production of the 2020 Corvette C8 would almost certainly not be delayed, despite assertions from other publications to the contrary. We believe this is still the case, even when considering the statements made in Cain’s email, as although some suppliers may be delayed by the GM strike, they are still under contract to provide parts by a certain date, and therefore won’t delay C8 production in the long term.
For now, the GM strike is in its fifth day. Contract negotiations between the UAW and GM are ongoing, but progress is reportedly slow-going.
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Source: Repairer Driven News
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I have to send a very big THANK YOU to a certain unnamed person at the Kansas City Chevy Malibu Factory. If it wasn’t for this person my 2020 Malibu Premier that was ordered in May would not have been built until September 30 when it was scheduled. However, with this strike I most likely would still not have received it until God only knows when. I was already in the FOURTH month of my lease extension. I called this person who in turn called the department where the orders come in and had that person pull my order and put it to the top of the list. No one, not at the dealer, not Chevrolet.com, not anyone I spoke to in other divisions at Chevrolet could tell me WHY it took from May until the end of August to build my car!
The car is a beauty-Cajun Red Tintcoat with light tan (almost white) interior! It was worth the four month wait, but I was not thrilled with the lease situation! I know I could have leased a Cadillac SUV for less money than I am now paying for this Malibu because there were no incentives to speak of like my last lease. Then they wonder why the cars are not selling! Well DUH! it doesn’t take a young Yale degree to figure this then they wonder why the cars are not selling! Well duh it doesn’t take a Yale degree to figure this out! This lease is costing me $200 more a month than my previous 39 month lease! I’ll suck it up because I love the car.
More automation means less union workers. Unions will help speed this process up.
General Motors could consider contacting the Air Force Research Laboratory to buy AF-9628 which can be used with 3D printers to print high strength steel components.
I own a 2018 Cadillac XTS and it needs a new torque converter, dealer issued a loaner and kudos to them, however the part is unavailable for several weeks, GM wake the hell up you cant expect buyers to remain loyal to the brand when you dont have parts for a car only 1 year old !!
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