General Motors has temporarily laid off 5,000 workers at its Flint Assembly plant in Michigan due to a planned production stoppage.
The automaker halted work at Flint Assembly on Monday due to production complications stemming from the semiconductor chip shortage. As a result, the automaker temporarily laid off all hourly employees at the facility, although they are scheduled to return to work once production restarts on Monday, August 16th. The plant builds the Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups.
GM said previously that it was shutting down Flint Assembly due to a shortage of chips. The automaker has been grappling with recurrent production delays throughout 2021 due to the parts shortages. At Flint, this has left some workers feeling a bit left in the dark, Krystal Lab, a first shift employee at Flint Assembly, told local ABC affiliate ABC12.
“I’m not getting paid for our regular weeks,” Lab said. “They’ll have us on one week, and then the next week we’re not getting a paycheck because it takes about two weeks for unemployment to come in or even more than that.”
Another UAW employee at Flint Assembly that ABC12 spoke to, Susan Donovan, said she’s expecting the production delays to continue as the chip shortage persists.
“This isn’t just going to go away quick, no. I think we’re going to be dealing with it,” she said.
GM also halted production at its two other pickup truck plants on Monday, which include Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana and Silao Assembly in Mexico. Like Flint Assembly, those shutdowns were also related to chip shortages and are expected to end come Monday.
Despite these setbacks, full-size trucks like the ones that Flint Assembly produces have actually experienced the fewest production delays at GM in 2021. The production lines at the GM Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Michigan, for example, has remained offline since March, although production at the facility is slowly beginning to return for the 2022 Chevy Camaro, as well as the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing.