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The Chevrolet Sonic is set to being production in August, but Automotive News reports that a supplier issue could affect the launch's timing. LINC Logistics Co., which employs about 125 workers at the Orion assembly plant that will build the Sonic, is struggling to come to an agreement with employees at the facility. The LINC workers recently agreed to join the United Auto Workers, and now the blue collar bunch is looking for more money than the reported average of about $10 per hour. UAW workers employed by General Motors commonly make between $14 and $28 per hour.

Since the UAW and LINC have yet to agree to a contract, the workers on Wednesday took a strike authorization vote. If the vote passes, the workers – who perform logistics and parts sequencing duties – could potentially disrupt production.

While a strike would most certainly be an unwelcome turn of events for The General, AN reports that GM spokesperson Kim Carpenter says the automaker doesn't anticipate that the issue will affect the Sonic launch.

UPDATE: According to a new report from Automotive News, Orion Assembly Plant workers voted to authorize a strike, meaning union leaders can call for a work stoppage during negotiations. Of the 88 workers who voted, 98 percent of them were in favor of authorizing a strike. GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter says that the automaker still does not expect this strike to affect the Sonic launch.


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      Bill Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have been unemployed for 8 months. I would jump at the prospect of a job at $10 an hour. These people should go on strike - then the plant that will build the Sonic will go idle, suppliers lines will go idle, and more folks may lose their jobs. Thanks union workers. Thanks a lot.
        chickenflauta
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Hammond
        Yeah, workers. Shame on you for complaining about having your pay cut by 1/3 when the company you work for is making billions in profits. Everything is your fault.
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bill Hammond
        Bill, the greed and malice of union bosses is limitless. Good luck in your job search.
          chickenflauta
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          I mean... I really refuse to get into another union debate on Autoblog but The average non-union worker in this country makes less than $40,000/yr. The average union worker still makes less than $50,000/yr. That is less than the median household income in this country. These are just simply not the salary levels of greedy and malicious people. They are skilled workers who have organized well to negotiate contracts. While I agree that no single entity should ever have too much power, the rallying against unions in this country has continually baffled me, especially as it typically comes from those who don't bat an eye at a CEO increasing his payout by millions while simultaneously laying off lower paid workers.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
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          nsxrules
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          "They are skilled workers" As if it took a lot of skills to bolt on a fender, or wheels, etc. onto a car. When you pay people$20 to $30 an hour for a job that should be paid $10 an hour everyone sufferes. Cars would be much more affordable if these people weren't over-paid. CEO pay is also out of control, there's no reason why top executives should be paid as much as they are.
          chickenflauta
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Well, we can agree to disagree but I think it's a little insulting to belittle the important job that these workers do. Who are you to dictate how much that work is worth? That should be decided by market forces with proper balances ensuring equity. That's the whole point of the unions' existence. Current political rhetoric would have you believe CEO pay in this country that is multiple times what averages are in other developed nations is just "unfortunate," while unions are the devil and must be stopped at all cost. And I just simply don't believe it. In many countries where these types of workers are paid less and are non-union, the government provides certain employment restrictions and social benefits that we simply don't have by law here in the US. When I read comments above from users like citidriver who simply want their fair share, I really start to question those who claim unions are at the root of the problem. They shouldn't be vilified. They should be brought fairly to the negotiating table like everyone else.
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      "UPDATE: According to a new report from Automotive News, Orion Assembly Plant workers voted to authorize a strike, meaning union leaders can call for a work stoppage during negotiations. Of the 88 workers who voted, 98 percent of them were in favor of authorizing a strike. GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter says that the automaker still does not expect this strike to affect the Sonic launch. " F-ing UAW. Bob King and his crew needs to disappear. Seriously, and we wonder why manufacturers are struggling so much?
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Agreed. Bob King is not helping US jobs by making auto manufacturers as reluctant as possible to create new jobs or bring back jobs that have been cut. Even worse is the message that if you complain enough you can get your way. I thought most people earned higher wages through top quality work, but not so for the UAW. The UAW needs to learn a little respect and a little fear. Ford Chrysler and GM, while hurting somewhat at the moment, are still giant companies with a lot of pull all over the world. Pushed hard enough, I'm certain they'll all find a way to minimize the UAWs impact on their business. It's no wonder the UAW is going after foreign auto makers plants at this point, they've pushed too many of our own into Mexico and other places. Thanks UAW, for doing your best to ensure Americans can expect as little support as humanly possible from their own auto manufacturers. Who employ an unimaginable number of people combined. Who are worth billions to our economy. Yep, thanks for that.
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        This is one of the main reasons jobs get outsourced out of the US. Unions are killing American jobs to satisfy their greed.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
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          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Other countries don't have labor unions I suppose. GM had to know that they would be watched. Trying to find a dishonest way around paying agreed upon wages by shipping the work out the side door is a very good way to start a fight. I know its really popular around here to beat up on the UAW (not a member of any union), but to think that the union is automatically wrong in every labor dispute, is a most blatant act of PREJUDICE. The UAW on the other hand, has to be careful not to shoot themselves in the foot.
          hudkina
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Yeah because wanting more than $10 an hour for a job that often pays upwards of $90,000 is the epitome of greed...
          oRenj9
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Unions have specific clauses that prevent the outsourcing of labor, so your logic is flawed. It was because of this that the Pontiac GTO suffered parts and supply issues; GM was only allowed ot import 22,000 vehicles per year from another country. In fact, even with the UAW, companies like Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, VW, and BMW are planning on or recently have opened up manufacturing facilities in the United States. So, the UAW certainly isn't scaring anyone away. The U.S. is a great place to open a manufacturing plant. It's the non-union jobs that are being outsourced. China and India are both poised to overtake the United States in high-paying software jobs in the next decade. Taiwan has basically cornered the silicon foundry manufacturing market; Japan has the electronic components market cornered.
          brands
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Better believe it. Just ask all those workers in the British motor industry...oh, wait, I forgot, there IS NO British motor industry any more. Perhaps the workers in the British motorcycle industry - the centre of the motorcycling universe - would be more helpful...hmmm, nope, that industry is gone too. British steel? Yeah, no! That industry got dismantled and sent to India. Good luck America. If you don't get control of your unions they will choke the last bit of life out of you, just like they did England.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering the MSRP that they have slapped on this thing, not having any of these on the lots should not affect sales very much. Despite being much better looking than the Aveo, it's still one of the ugliest cars (too much) money can buy.
      Jeeper43
      • 3 Years Ago
      And this right here is the problem with unions. We got record unemployment, and these greedy a-holes still want more more more. Im sure there are plenty of people who would job at the idea of making 10 bucks an hour to bolt on a front bumper.. i mean that takes so much schooling and talent to put that bolts and plastic clips on, they should get what 80, 90 bucks an hour? unions had a place and that place was the industrial revolution. unions today are the death of anything they touch
        whofan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeeper43
        Do a hundred bumpers a day, five days a week, 260 days a year. People who complain never worked factory work before. Your on your feet making repetitive moves all day long. It not about complexity of the job. I do agree with your opinion of UAW greed, but 10 bucks an hour?
      kabayo944@yahoo.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      More hyjinks from Government Motors and its communist unions.
      citidriver
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unions are there to prevent business owners to abuse their workers. Years ago, I worked in a union job; sometimes I would be asked to stay late or even do an overnight shift right after a full day. I was not in a position to say no, yet I was compensated properly. I now work in a non-union job (because I jumped at the prospect after being unemployed for over two years) and more often have to stay late and am asked for some weekend work; no extra pay, not one dime, effectively lowering my $/hr. over the year. If other jobs are affected by the strike, that's on the owner, not the worker. In NYC, babysitters get over $15/hr. or more. This is cash, no taxes taken out, etc. So if a professional adult doing a skilled job and needs to raise a family on maybe take-home pay of about $15,000.00 a year, no matter what town you live in in the great USA, I think it's fine to ask for a fair shake.
        nsxrules
        • 3 Years Ago
        @citidriver
        Unless you are salaried (as opposed to an hourly worker) you are either lying or ignorant. It is illegal for an employer to make you work overtime as an hourly employee without compensating you for it. If you are salaried then you have no room to complain. Working extra hours (beyond 40 or whatever you signed up for) is normal. Don't like the situation you are in? Then quit, someone more grateful to have your job will step up to the plate.
          citidriver
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          I'm not complaining, I was referring to "jumping at the prospect" to Bill Hammond's comment. I am grateful for the work I have, I am merely illustrating what impact the unions have. Some are good, some are bad but my main point, regardless of the union issue is that $10/hr is really low for any worker anywhere in this country and it's okay to ask for more.
          nsxrules
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          TelegramSam, what is "fairly", can you quantify it? If there are people willing to do the un-skilled job you do for less than you are getting paid then you are being rewarded more than fairly,
          TelegramSam
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          What extent would you guys/gals be willing to go to, in order to receive what you felt was fair treatment? Would you use all the leverage you had, or would you just keep asking nicely and getting nothing? I don't know about you, but if I am treated unfairly I will DEMAND fair treatment. Why does an executive deserve a salary that is a power of 10 higher? Do they work 10x the hours? If you have no workers you have no products.
        kabayo944@yahoo.com
        • 3 Years Ago
        @citidriver
        Unions don't "ask for a fair shake." They demand, they extort, they use violence, they use intimidation, they are willing to tell any lie, to support any crooked politician (using extorted 'dues'), and use the iron fist of government (see NLRB stunts lately), to get wages and benefits unobtainable in a free market. Union officials are often active in openly socialist and communist organizations. What's not to like?
        chickenflauta
        • 3 Years Ago
        @citidriver
        Thank you for your perspective. So often we let media soundbytes and political parties dictate the way we feel on certain issues, but I think it's valuable to hear from someone who has worked in both union and non-union environments.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @citidriver
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          TelegramSam
          • 3 Years Ago
          Spoken like a true blue white, suburban, christian. Why can't the world just evolve to my expectations? Why can't people be more like me? Most people in this country do not have college degrees. Many people are stuck, in some way shape or form that both of us here, cannot foresee. Do you have any idea how arrogant, your comment sounds?
          • 3 Years Ago
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      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, the UAW has found another way to suck more money from the auto industry; this time through the back door (the suppliers). Best way around this solution is to just import the parts from Korea until thisgs clear up.
      chickenflauta
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait Autoblog... I'm confused You write in the headline "Strike could potentially affect Chevy Sonic launch" Then you end the article with the sentence "the automaker doesn't anticipate that the issue will affect the Sonic launch." Get your story straight, please.
        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chickenflauta
        The last sentence may have been added after the headline was made, per the "UPDATE".
      jaydc1388
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've never understood how people have become so anti-union, and don't know or care what a fair wage is. Unions helped create the middle class, people were actually able to afford homes, college for their kids, and affordable healthcare in a safer workplace. Thinking that unions have no place in the current workplace , and is an outdated dinosaur is silly, as workers rights are getting worse not better across the board, not just factory work. . Somebody mentioned 58,000 a year isn't a super high wage, and there are probably those that think that anyone sitting at a desk working on a computer all day are overpaid too. Some cheer the free market and global economy, right to work states and the lower priced goods available, but they don't see current and future problems.Foreign cars and domestic cars here are built here but the components made overseas represent more jobs lost, and the small businesses that would be in the areas around these factories. Other countries that some of these jobs are out-sourced to have a lower standard of living or control their currencies, (so there isn't really a free market) and isn't a fair competition. Gas and food prices rise because others are buying it, food costs more, rent or house prices go up, new cars become unaffordable and maintaining the car they have becomes a problem. Some think that other countries can have the factory jobs that anyone can do, while administrative duties are done here. These countries are building their own middle class and how long is it before the administrative and engineering jobs aren't necessary here and those are lost too? Obviously Unions aren't to blame for all this and they can't fix it, but when people ccomplain about unions it's ignoring a much larger problem, nothing new. Thus ends the manifesto................
      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering that this same car has been in production since last October in Korea, maybe they can use their Asian suppliers until the US supplier becomes available. The 5-door has already been on sale for a while in Europe and Asia as the next generation Aveo (it was only renamed Sonic in North America). It would make sense for them to have a backup supplier available in case there are interruptions in their preferred supplier (for any number of reasons). http://www.chevrolet.co.uk/cars/new-aveo/ http://www.autoblog.com/2010/10/18/new-chevrolet-aveo-begins-production-in-korea/
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lne937s
        never mind- just re-read the article. This "supplier" is supplying logistics services, rather than a part or component.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      $28 / hr.... I would be interested in the job description that commands that pay rate.
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        So, you're basically jealous that there are people that make more money than you? It isn't like $58,000/yr is some special, unobtainable amount of money. Your average IT guy makes way more than that, even if they didn't go to college (I was in a meeting where the Director of IT balked because the new IT guy he hired was earning $90k/yr with no college education while he only makes $106k with an MBA).
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