GM says it has laid off an additional 163 workers as a result of the ongoing United Auto Workers (UAW) labor strike. The workers were furloughed at the Toledo Propulsion Systems plant in Ohio, which produces transmissions for vehicles assembled at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri and the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan, both of which have been targeted by UAW walkouts. It’s possible the UAW may expand strikes to include additional GM facilities in the near future.
According to a report from Reuters, GM said that it has now been forced to furlough 2,100 workers at five separate facilities in four states as a result of the UAW strikes.
The UAW launched its initial strikes against all three of the Big Detroit automakers (GM, Ford, and Stellantis) last month following the conclusion of the previous labor contracts on September 14th. The initial strike targets included the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri, Ford’s Michigan Assembly plant and the Stellantis Assembly Complex in Ohio.
The UAW is employing a targeted strike strategy wherein union members at certain facilities are called on to walkout, as opposed to all union members at all facilities. This strategy is believed to provide UAW negotiators with greater flexibility.
The UAW later expanded its strike to include 38 parts distribution sites, including those belonging to GM and Stellantis. At the time, the UAW opted not to expand the strike against Ford, citing more substantial progress in negotiations. The following week, the UAW expanded the strike a second time, targeting the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan and Ford’s Chicago Assembly plant in Illinois, opting not to expand the strike against Stellantis.
In addition to the recent lay off at the GM Toledo Propulsion Systems plant, GM has also been forced to idle production at the GM Fairfax plant and furlough over 160 metal workers. GM recently secured a $6 billion line of credit to absorb strike losses. It’s estimated that the automaker is losing $21 million every day as a result of the strike.