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GM is still dancing with the UAW over contract issues, now its doing it with local plants regarding items that weren't in the national agreement. However, The General has managed to wring two more days to negotiate before workers at its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, KS, walk out. The 2,600 workers of UAW Local 31 churn out 3,100 Malibus every week.
Local contracts -- as opposed to the national agreement -- concern work-rule, seniority and other non-economic issues. The UAW Local says that GM isn't following the blueprint of the national agreement and is pushing for too much. GM says it is negotiating in good faith.

And Fairfax isn't the only plant affected. Strikes and idling due to rejected contracts have taken place at GM plants in Parma, Ohio, Lansing, Michigan, and Detroit-Hamtramck. Those interruptions have halted production of the Buick Lucerne and Enclave, Cadillac CTS, Saturn Outlook, and GMC Acadia. The Hamtramck plant is calling workers back, which will get the Lucerne and CTS in production again, but now the Malibu is on the block. GM has a 37-day supply of the hot commodity, and it also has another plant that builds Malibus. If GM and UAW Local 31 can't come to an agreement, Malibu production at the Fairfax plant will cease tomorrow.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Lucerne and DTS, which share a platform, are built at Hamtramck.

      The CTS and SRX, which share a platform, are built at Lansing Grand River.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the UAW is in a death struggle. Keep in mind, union dues are based on the individuals hourly wage rate, therefore lower wages equal lower money to headquarters. DUH!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The UAW [and the UFCW] are the ones responsible for my anti-union viewpoints. They're just a bunch of whiny babies who cry when they don't get bottle-fed. Of all the jobs I've had, the non-union companies were by far the best to work for. I got ALL the benefits that unions only try to get for their people. I'm diabetic and because my current employer and the union didn't agree on a resolution for health benefits, I now have to wait twice as long as I would have had a union not been involved. I will never have any respect for unions whatsoever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You would THINK the unions would hold their tongue and wait until the companies start posting comfotable profits, THEN start stirring the pot.

      Reminds me of the dumbass unions where I work..They marched in at a meet-and-confer meeting and demanded xx% in raises over a 4 year term. The company said OK, because THEY were going to give MORE money..but instead they gave the union exactly what they asked for.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I ordered one about 2 1/2 weeks ago. Hope it makes it b4 this strike. I only have to say one thing. "The UAW is the SOUTH END of a NORTH BOUND COW". GM finally has a winner that can lift them back to profits and these AH's wand to screw things up. No wonder production is being shifted into Right to Work states and foreigh countries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can't blame US manufacturing for moving production to lower cost countries.
      In thier quest to broaden their power base and undermine traditional social/moral values, union officials are also behind this current social regression (not progressive) such as domestic partnerships which further adds to the cost of production.
      Greedy democrats see this as an opportunity to grab votes which the union officials promise from their members.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Non-economic issues?

      So does this mean they are striking because GM won't give them a new microwave in the breakroom?

      People used to strike over workers losing fingers, now it's over their food not cooking evenly. How sad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Mike, please emphasize that is just your opinion and not actual fact. EVERY car manufacturer sells cars to make money, and even if CAFE standards did not exist, I'm sure people would want small efficient cars because of high fuel prices. Honda and Toyota have been making money off these types of cars for years so GM and Ford saw an oppurtunity (better late then never) and started making small efficient cars to compete.

      And yes a lot of Domestic auto manufacturers are in the red because of management AND UNIONNS. The unions are drastically cutting into profits with their unreasonable health care request, as well as striking at the slightest hint of not getting their way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Vote republican.The fatcat union powerbrokers have the democrats in their back pockets.
      • 6 Years Ago


      The light at the end of General Motor's tunnel is that of the Asian Express. The UAW's future is history bound.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wouldn't buy any Malibu made at this plant for the next few months. Considering the idiocy the locals used to pull down here before GM was forced to close the plant any time they are in "negotiations" means "car quality takes a dive as the hooligans like to sabotage cars"

      • 6 Years Ago
      Union tactics like these will lead to further job losses for Americans. Can you blame the auto makers? Union labor is unreliable and unions are the enemy of the companies they work for. Who are the unions serving? Is it the workers or the bosses? How can you blame auto makers for moving production to right to work states and overseas?
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