After reaching a tentative agreement with Ford and Stellantis, the UAW has increased pressure on GM by ordering its members at the Spring Hill plant in Tennessee to walk off the job.
The Spring Hill plant is the automaker’s largest facility in the United States. It currently builds the Cadillac XT5, the Cadillac XT6, the Cadillac Lyriq and the GMC Acadia, in addition to producing engines for various Chevy, GMC and Cadillac trucks assembled in other North American plants.
There are now close to 20,000 GM workers on strike, including roughly 4,000 UAW members at the Spring Hill plant now joining the picket lines on the 44th day of the union’s Stand Up Strike. It currently affects production at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri that builds the Chevy Colorado, the GMC Canyon, the Chevy Express and the GMC Savana, the GM Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan that builds the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave as well as the GM Arlington plant in Texas that manufactures the Chevy Tahoe, the Chevy Suburban, the GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade. The General’s 18 parts distribution centers across the United States are also affected by the UAW strike.
The effects of the strike also pushed General Motors to halt Chevy Malibu and Cadillac XT4 production at its Fairfax, Kansas assembly plant, in addition to laying off workers at various parts production plants.
This latest event comes shortly after the union announced a tentative contract agreement with Stellantis, which includes wage increases, the reinstatement of cost-of-living adjustments, the elimination of wage tiers, improved retirement pensions and the right to strike over product and investment commitments. The tentative deal, which must be voted in by UAW members working at Stellantis, also includes new product allocation for the automaker’s Belvidere plant in Illinois, idled since early 2023 and which previously manufactured the Jeep Cherokee.
Following the strike expansion Spring Hill, General Motors released a statement on its dedicated UAW negotiations website. “We are disappointed by the UAW’s action in light of the progress we have made. We have continued to bargain in good faith with the UAW, and our goal remains to reach an agreement as quickly as possible.”
During its Q3 2023 earnings presentation, General Motors estimated its strike losses at roughly $200 million a week and more than $800 million overall, before the UAW announced the Arlington facility strike – considered to be the world’s most profitable auto assembly plant.