UPDATE: Here's the official statement on the Bowling Green strike authorization, from Region 8 Director Gary Casteel: "The strike authorization vote at the Corvette plant is over local union issues. A strike authorization vote is simply a vote to get membership approval if a strike is deemed necessary. The strike authorization vote is the first of several steps that have to be taken before a strike can happen."

The current wait time for a new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is well, not short. With word of a strike at the Bowling Green, KY factory responsible for seventh-generation sports car, though, that wait time could end up growing substantially.

Now, a strike is still a ways off. UAW Local 2164, which represents the 800 workers responsible for screwing the Corvette together, is set to vote on authorizing a strike today, but even if the employees give the action a go, it's far from a sure thing. According to The Tennessean, both regional and national union officials would need to put their stamp of approval on strike action.

"The membership has to vote to strike, but it's just a step in the process," said Gary Casteel, the UAW's Region 8 director and one of the people that would need to authorize a strike action. Casteel told The Tennessean, "It's purely a local situation, though. They are having some issues with the local management."

Details of those issues are, sadly, rather scarce. "Our people are being mistreated, and there is inequity in discipline and problems with quality and safety that aren't being addressed by management," Eldon Renaud, president of Local 2164, told The Tennessean. "Our members are tired of it."

Aside from the "inequity of discipline," mentioned, there have also been complaints with the facility's personnel director, as well as contractors and subcontractors.

In an official statement to Autoblog, GM had this to say:

"We pride ourselves in working with our UAW Local 2164 partners to achieve success and build award-winning vehicles. We're confident that we can work together and have a strong track record of creative problem solving. We've built a world-class product at the Bowling Green facility for more than 30 years, with the safety of our employees and quality of the car at the forefront of every decision. We are committed to continue that tradition."


We also reached out to the UAW for comment, although they weren't willing to comment over the phone, directing us to email. We're currently waiting on a response, and will be sure to update this story as soon as we hear back.


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      emvxl
      • 8 Months Ago
      As the great Homer Simpson said: "If you don't like your job, you don't go on strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed - that's the American way".
      Grimace73
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm so tired of all these stereotypes of Kentucky union workers. Like every dude that works at the Corvette plant wears a camouflage baseball cap and t-shirts with the sleeves cut off. *looks at article photo* Oops....
      Neez
      • 8 Months Ago
      I bet VW execs back in germany are like, "whoaa, what were we thinking??". Inequity of discipline??? Unsafe working condtions??? I can't imagine a whole lot that could happen on this assembly line, the guy in the back isn't even wearing steel toe boots. What are they doing to even need discipline in the first place??? I'm glad i haven't worked in a factory since my summers during college. Too many people there made it feel like high school, and so many adults acted like they were still in 10th grade.
      mikemaj82
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ok first of all this is the Corvette we're talking about...look at the lineup of cars affected by the recall: Cobalt, HHR, G5, Ion, Solstice, and Sky. Really? HHR? Who buys any of those cars? We skipped right over the Cobalt and went from a 2003 Cavalier to a 2011 Cruze. Must be a sixth sense or something. And secondly, who puts that many keys on your keyring to make it so heavy? My mother told me when I started driving in 1998 not to do that because it's bad for the ignition switch lol
        Jerry
        • 8 Months Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Haha have you seen the recall list for the Cruze? You hop, skipped right into another shitbox.
      SooooRight
      • 8 Months Ago
      Oh god, please strike, brings me joy to see the dumbarse american automakers deal with their criminal unions.
        Doug
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SooooRight
        Unlike the dumbarse "foriners" who rush to right to work states when the incentives get dangled in front of them and pay to keep the unions out of the plant.
      Ron Faldik
      • 8 Months Ago
      My last new corvette (3 years ago) might as well have been assembled by monkeys. It lived in the shop with loose wiring, short circuits, leaks, ....... NEVER AGAIN !
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      Who cares. I would NEVER buy a Government Motors product. Go ahead, pay them 5 million a year.
      eye.surgeon
      • 8 Months Ago
      UAW. Enough said. Should have built a new factory in a union free state.
      IfIWereObama
      • 8 Months Ago
      Many unions in the US have become nothing more than domestic terrorist organizations, terrorizing the workers they represent, management, shareholders & even the communities where they operate, just so a few union bosses can get their big bonuses.
        no1bondfan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @IfIWereObama
        "terrorist" is a pretty strong word. You wouldn't be getting downvoted if you had just said they are asking for too much.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 8 Months Ago
      Extortion. The Vette is a killer car and the UAW wants to force the company to pay more to the workers. Not because it reflects their workmanship but because they are greedy.
        Bandit5317
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        Normally I would agree, but pay doesn't seem to be one of their points of contention.
      bbostic5
      • 8 Months Ago
      Too much entitlement
      Ducman69
      • 8 Months Ago
      GM needs to bite the bullet and invest in heavily automated plants like the Japanese have, so they don't have to worry about lazy union workers with barely a highschool education whose jobs could be taught any random person on the street in a weekend demanding better pay than their engineers or the entire production comes to a halt.
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