For the past few weeks, we’ve covered a litany of topics pertaining to the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors, including reports that the GM strike was making replacement parts more and more difficult to come by. However, follow-up reports indicate that this is not necessarily the case across the board, with some businesses reporting no significant change in parts availability thus far.
“To date, the Strike has had no meaningful impact on our ability to source GM collision parts required to complete collision repairs on GM vehicles,” said Boyd Group CEO Brock Bulbuck in a statement, as reported by Repairer Driven News.
According to the publication, the Boyd Group is the parent company to Gerber Collision, the number two collision repair chain in the U.S.
” … Based upon what we have learned as well as arrangements and plans that could be implemented in the event that the Strike does extend into weeks and months, we believe that we are well-positioned to minimize its impact,” Bulbuck said.
The Boyd Group CEO went on to reiterate that the company’s plans were so far untested, and there was still some risk in the event of a prolonged GM strike. That said, there are still options available to mitigate the risk of supply chain disruption, including the sourcing of parts from the aftermarket, as well as the implementation of used parts.
GM senior communications manager Jim Cain addressed the GM strike last week, 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.”
So far, the GM strike has affected GM supplier companies and workers in Canada, with thousands furloughed as a result of the UAW walkout. However, dealers still have sizable inventory after GM shored up a 77-day supply of vehicles in anticipation of the UAW labor contract expiring September 14th.
The latest news points to progress being made in contract negotiations between the UAW and GM, with committees handing over control to top bargainers yesterday.
Source: Repairer Driven News