GM has laid off an additional 164 workers as the United Auto Workers (UAW) continues to strike at targeted production facilities. GM says the furlough is a direct result of the ongoing strike, and thus workers will not be eligible for sub-pay in this circumstance. The UAW expanded its strike against GM last week, and is currently calling for walkouts at all three of the Big Detroit automakers (GM, Ford, and Stellantis).
A total of 164 workers are affected, including 130 workers at GM’s Parma, Ohio Metal Center, and 34 workers at GM’s Marion, Indiana Metal Center. The automaker says that workers have been laid off because there is currently no work available. The UAW expanded its strike last Friday to include the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Lansing Michigan, which produces the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave. The UAW is also striking at 18 parts distribution centers and processing centers, as well as the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri, the latter of which produces the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Chevy Express, and GMC Savana.
GM corporate relations spokesperson David Barnas addressed the furlough in statement:
“The UAW leadership’s decision to call a strike at GM Wentzville Assembly, and now GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly, continues to have negative ripple effects. Beginning Monday, October 2nd, a portion of GM’s Parma Metal Center and Marion Metal Center represented workforce will have no work available. The affected team members are not expected to return until the strike has been resolved.”
Barnas added that because workers are operating under an expired labor agreement, “there are no provisions for company-provided SUB-pay in this circumstance.” Barnas also added that “nobody wins in a strike, and this is yet another demonstration of that fact. We will continue to bargain in good faith with the union to reach an agreement as quickly as possible.”
Last month, GM said it would be forced to idle its production facility in Fairfax, Kansas as a result of a parts shortage stemming from the strike. The GM Fairfax facility produces the Cadillac XT4 and Chevy Malibu.
It’s estimated that roughly 25,300 UAW members are currently on strike, with UAW membership accounting for 146,000 workers across all three of the Big Detroit automakers.