GM has issued a statement regarding an incident earlier this week in which a car hit UAW members picketing outside the GM Flint Processing Center in Michigan. GM has stated that the suspected individual behind the wheel of the car, as well as two other individuals inside the car, are banned from entering any GM property. The UAW expanded its strike to include the GM Flint Processing Center last week.
According to initial reports, the incident occurred around 4 p.m. outside the GM Flint Processing Center on 6060 West Bristol Road in Swartz Creek. The vehicle in question, a dark-colored Chevy HHR, drove through a group of protesters blocking an exit on West Bristol Road, hitting five people in the process. The driver then fled east down W. Bristol Road.
Four of the protesters hit suffered minor injuries, while one of the individuals was taken to the hospital.
Now, according to a report from local CBS-affiliate WNEM, GM has issued a statement addressing the incident. According to GM spokesperson David Barnas, the car involved was suspected to have been driven by a third-party housekeeping contractor employed by Malace. The contractor is suspected of hitting UAW demonstrators while attempting to leave the processing center after performing normal sanitation duties during a normal shift. The individual behind the wheel, as well as two other Malace employees in the car, have been banned from entering any GM property.
Barnas added that GM has “conducted safety talks at all GM facilities with active picketing activity to reinforce the expectation and requirement that any employees who experience picketers blockading entry or exit to our property contact site security to help them safely proceed past the picketing employees.” Barnas also said that the latest reinforcement talks are in addition to picketing safety talks already completed among all GM salaried and contract employees.
The GM Flint Processing Center in Michigan was among 38 parts distribution facilities targeted by the UAW in last week’s strike expansion against GM and Stellantis. The union is currently striking against all three of the Big Detroit automakers.