GM has announced that it will furlough an additional 139 workers at the Parma Metal Center in Ohio due to the downstream effects of the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor strike. The workers were furloughed following the UAW’s announcement that it would expand the ongoing strike to include the GM Arlington plant in Texas. The furloughed workers were laid off because no work was available with regard to stamping components for use in production at the Arlington facility.
Per a report from Detroit Free Press, General Motors announced the furloughs Wednesday. The 139 furloughed workers are in addition to 137 workers previously furloughed following UAW strikes at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri and the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan, once again due to a lack of work producing stamped components for vehicle production. More than 30 workers have been furloughed at the automaker’s Marion, Indiana Metal Center as well.
In a statement, General Motors said that the “negative ripple effects due to the UAW leadership’s targeted strikes are now currently impacting six GM plants across five states and more than 2,460” employees. The UAW did not provide an immediate comment on the most recent furloughs.
The UAW expanded its strike to the General Motors Arlington plant in Texas earlier this week. The Arlington facility produces The General’s full-size SUV models, including the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban, Chevy Tahoe, and GMC Yukon, and is considered the most-profitable auto plant in the world. The walkouts at the Arlington facility adds a further 5,000 workers to the UAW picket lines, with an estimated 45,000 UAW workers now on strike across all three of the Big Detroit makes (General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis). The UAW represents 150,000 workers across all three makes.
The UAW announced its initial round of strikes on September 15th following the expiration of the previous labor contracts, now marking six weeks since the strike began. It is estimated that the strike has cost General Motors $800 million so far.