GM Strike Leads To Arrests At Spring Hill Plant9
Tennessee law enforcement arrested 11 picketing UAW union members on Wednesday after the protesters blocked entrance to the GM Spring Hill plant in the ongoing GM strike this week. The strikers were reportedly picketing at the south gate of the General Motors Spring Hill plant at the time they were arrested, and charged with obstruction of passage.
“It got serious in a hurry and things got escalated,” said Chairman of UAW Local 1853 Michael Herron. “We have worked all day to make sure everybody is safe and everybody is going what they need to do to protect the workers here.”
The bond for the majority of those arrested for obstruction was set at $500, and most of the strikers arrested have already been released.
The Spring Hill, Tennessee plant is responsible for production of the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia, as well as various propulsion systems and polymer injection molds. Roughly 3,300 UAW members are on strike at the Spring Hill facility as part of the 50,000 or so UAW members participating in the GM strike around in the country.
Workers were reportedly particularly angry over GM’s decision to drop healthcare benefits for UAW members, with union leaders pointing out that some members are waiting on organ transplants, some are pregnant mothers, and some require chemo treatments.
As we reported previously, further skirmishes between strikers and unaffiliated workers attempting to enter GM plants have been reported.
The GM strike went into effect at midnight Sunday evening after contract negotiations between the UAW and GM broke down. The previous labor contract between the UAW and GM expired Saturday. This is the first company-wide GM strike seen in 12 years.
The latest GM strike is now in its fourth day. Contract negotiations are reportedly progressing, albeit slowly.
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Obstruction is not legal and if they did do this they should be arrested.
As for the health care that I’d for employees under contract. Playing the Tiny Tim needs a kidney ploy only works on the weak minded.
The Union is their take care of them during a strike so let them do that. All the dues paid should go back to the members not corruption.
How can General Motors screw employees like that while still repaying the government loans to keep them afloat????
Ken you need to check your facts, that loan was paid off years ago!!
April 21,2010 GM completed it last payment on 4.7 billion loan from govt. bailout
Long story short, the Government took over GM. Then loaned them some money to fund operations.
• GM paid back the loan.
• The Government lost money when they sold their GM stock.
• GM doesn’t reimburse stock holder losses that’s illegal.
GM paid the government loan off 8 years early, with interest.
People forget about how the government bailed out so many banks
during that time, and none of them ever paid a dime back!
The loan was paid off. Obama’s admin took stock as payment an sold it while it was low.
If the government keep the stock and sold it today they would have made money on the deal.
This is not a political reply just what happened.
April 21 2010 GM made its final payment on its 4.7 billion dollar bailout package
I have a GMC Acadia and like it very much. However, if the union boys are going to behave this way, I will support General Motors with a made in Mexico model. I support GM, not the union.
That’s a very bad comment. How can you say that when GM has been making record profits? How do you justify throwing people out of work when GM’s CEO, Mary Barra made $27 million in personal salary last year. The Mexican government didn’t loan GM a single penny during the 2008-09 recession. Shame on you.