Five people were injured Tuesday after a car drove through a group of people demonstrating outside the GM Flint Processing Center in Michigan. Demonstrators were participating in the ongoing UAW union strike. The driver has not yet been located.
According to a report from MLive, the incident occurred around 4 p.m. outside the GM Flint Processing Center located on 6060 West Bristol Road in Swartz Creek. Protesters were reportedly blocking an exit on West Bristol Road when the vehicle drove through the group of people. The Metro Police Authority of Genesee County says that five people suffered minor injuries, with two of those hit taken to a local hospital.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, and has yet to be located. According to UAW Region 1-D President Steve Dawes, the model of the vehicle involved was possibly a Chevy HHR or Chrysler PT Cruiser, and was painted in some kind of dark color.
“It was uncalled for. These people are out here, you know these are my membership, and they’re out here doing a peaceful, legal demonstration,” Dawes told MLive. “This is very serious and we’re going to be pushing this issue.”
The UAW initially called for strikes against GM, Ford, and Stellantis following expiration of the previous labor contracts on September 14th. The union is currently employing a targeted strike strategy wherein workers at only certain facilities are called on to strike, rather than all workers at all facilities all at once.
The UAW expanded its strike last week to include 38 parts distribution facilities at GM and Stellantis, citing a lack of substantial progress in contract negotiations between the union and the two automakers. The UAW opted not to expand strikes against Ford, stating that more substantial progress had been made in negotiations with the Blue Oval brand. The GM Flint Processing Center in Swartz Creek was among those facilities called on to strike in last week’s expansion. Workers are represented by UAW Local 659.