GM has announced that it is laying off another 200 workers amid the ongoing United Auto Workers labor strike. The UAW has expanded its strike twice since initial walkouts began in September, prompting GM to lay off additional workers as a result of downstream ripple effects in the company’s production. GM submitted its latest contract proposal to the UAW on Monday.
According to a recent report from Reuters, GM announced that the 200 layoffs were a direct result of the UAW strike, adding a sixth plant to the list of impacted facilities. The number of impacted GM workers is now up to 2,300, as compared to about 2,100 workers last week, with roughly 70 layoffs announced at GM’s stamping plant in Lansing, Michigan, and roughly 70 additional layoffs at GM’s Toledo, Ohio plant. GM said that workers were not expected to return until after the strike had been resolved.
The UAW launched its initial strike against all three of the Big Detroit automakers (GM, Ford, and Stellantis) following the expiration of the previous labor contracts on September 14th, targeting the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri. The UAW later expanded its strike to include a long list of GM parts distribution sites, as well as the GM Lansing Delta Township plant. The UAW opted not to expand its strike last week after GM agreed to include workers at the GM Ultium Cells battery plants in the national UAW labor agreement.
As a result of the UAW strikes, GM has been forced to idle production at the GM Fairfax plant and lay off more than 160 metal workers, as well as furlough 163 workers at the GM Toledo Propulsion Systems plant.
It’s estimated that GM is losing as much as $21 million a day due to the strike. GM submitted its latest contract proposal to the UAW on Monday, with highlights including a 20-percent wage increase for most employees, reinstatement of cost of living adjustments, and more.