The workforce of GM supplier Webasto Roof Systems – which manufactures convertible tops – has joined the UAW Local 3000.
“We’re doing this for our coworkers,” Webasto production worker Sheron Johnson was quoted as saying. “People have been mistreated, not getting paid, having their schedules changed with no notice. We want to leave this place better for the next generation.”
The Webasto workforce, who produces the convertible tops for Ford Mustang, Jeep Wrangler, Ford Bronco and Corvette applications, organized its UAW push back in November 2022. During its campaign, it faced an intense anti-union crusade from management at the company.
“These brave workers stuck together in the face of fierce opposition from the company,” UAW Local 3000 President Steve Gonzales was quoted as saying. “As they move from this organizing victory to the fight for a first contract, we’ve got their back 100 percent.”
“Over and over, we’re seeing workers across the auto supply chain come together in a common cause for justice on the job,” UAW Region 1A Director Laura Dickerson was quoted as saying. “Congratulations to our newest members at Webasto, and welcome to the UAW Region 1A family!”
In other UAW-related news, roughly 400 workers at the Clarios battery plant in Ohio went on strike on May 8th following a contract proposal that was shot down. The Clarios battery plant and the union had been unable to reach an agreement on several issues, most notable of which was the overtime pay structure. As outlined in the now-expired contract, workers previously received time-and-a-half for work over eight hours a day. However, the company’s recent proposal had straight pay extended to 12 hours a day, which means that workers would have to work an extra four hours a day to reach overtime pay.