UAW members have voted nearly unanimously in favor of authorizing a strike at the General Motors factory in Bowling Green, KY, home of the Chevrolet Corvette. As we explained yesterday, though, just because the plants 800 workers have authorized a walkout doesn't mean a strike is a sure thing.
According to the Local 2164's Facebook page, 93 percent of the workers who submitted ballots voted in favor of authorizing a strike. Still, the decision needs to be booted up to the regional and then national levels before any action can actually be taken. Eldon Renaud, the president of Local 2164, seems to think that the strike authorization will serve as a sort of saber rattling, getting the "immediate attention" of the facilities management.

"We're like everybody else, we're strike-shy," Renauld told the media, according to the Associated Press. "Nobody wants to have a strike. Who really benefits by it?"

According to Renauld, there are issues with both safety and quality control behind the move to strike. There have been "near misses," he says, which could have seriously injured workers at the facility. According to the AP, Renauld said the union is also concerned by a decision to eliminate quality control positions.

The ball now seems to be in the court of GM and its Bowling Green factory. "We're confident that we can work together and have a strong track record of creative problem solving," the facility said in an official statement.

While the odds of a strike still seem somewhat low, we'll be sure to keep tabs on this one as it develops.


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      DavidM
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've seen quality control jobs cut in my company and at competitors company. The idea is that you make the production people responsible for quality and this eliminates the redundancy of having other people re-checking their work. Fewer people means lower wage cost. Sounds good but in practice is does not work very well. When people are responsible for production rates and quality then quantity can overtake quality. It's like putting a cop on the corner. No one speeds when they know the cops are around.
      Joe Schmoe
      • 8 Months Ago
      The gathering of people here calling for others to lose their livelihoods have to be the biggest parade of tools in existence on the internet. Dim, narrow minded, self-destructive and possibly-paid-by-the-anti-union-lobby tools. Seriously....idiots, each and every one.
        stonehunte
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Joe Schmoe
        Typical liberal, demands tolerance of his viewpoints, while being completely intolerant of anyone's viewpoint that differs from his own.
          stonehunte
          • 8 Months Ago
          @stonehunte
          Because the conservatives aren't the ones crying about tolerance all the time.
          The Wasp
          • 8 Months Ago
          @stonehunte
          How is that any more liberal than conservative? It's not really either.
        David Donovan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Joe Schmoe
        I guess $40/hr to put in a button isn't enough to make it anymore?
          whats up flea
          • 8 Months Ago
          @David Donovan
          Go take a tour of a uaw plant and see how people u see just puttin buttons in. I love breakin in people with ur mentality and watch them sweat there ass off while there in the hole the whole time because they cant keep up with the line. Ive done many jobs and while assembly work isnt as tough as say, roofing, drywall, and other construction jobs, doing the same thing 2000 times a week is very tough day in and day out. The jobs dont compare to construction but doing the same task every 50 seconds is mentally and physically challenging. I guess I just dont understand the mindset of people that are upset about someones wage and base the UNION WORKER off of last generations workforce or what someone told them about a buddy that worked at a plant. Ive met some of nicest, most thoughtful amd caring people humpin the assembly line, and ive met some bad apples, but u will have that at any job. The protection that was there in the past to take care of them people has dissapeared as the steps are alot quicker and harsher for discpline. Consumer reports had a good video about how there is a difference in old and new gm. Cobalt to cruze shows that they learned u got to compete against the competition instead of try and rebate crappy cars for quantity and lose. The uaw concessions along with the liquidation of gms bad decisions in the past, which involved the union contracts, helped gm build better cars with better content and compete against the top competition. Yes im biased because im in the industry but im also thankul for the opportunity to be saved by myself and all the taxpayers to manufacturer cars and support my family. I was layed off a year as was alot of people I know there and we are thankful, but if gm tries to eliminate jobs for there gain does that makes us wrong if we stand up and fight to ensure the future involves the hiring of people like yourself in our local economy and keeps good paying middle class jobs . Sorry for ramblin.
        kajohns1964
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Joe Schmoe
        Walk off your job lose your job.
        Quest
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Joe Schmoe
        Say it ain't so Joe :'-(
        PatTheCarNut
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Joe Schmoe
        I for one am not wishing folks lose their jobs unless they are not doing their job. Unions protect all workers including those who are worthless free loaders. If this turns out to honestly be about more pay and the issues quoted are attention getters, shame on all of them! I can tell you for certain I am neither dim, narrow minded....or self ...destructive...??? I don't follow you on that last one. And if I worked for the anti-union lobby to get public sentiment against the union, you think I would put up with this crappy AOL/Autoblog comment forum system! Oh Hell no!
          davebo357
          • 8 Months Ago
          @PatTheCarNut
          Yeah I'm sick of all the misposts and double-posts from this terrible Disqus comment system. If we don't like it we should all band together somehow and refuse to post until the bosses agree to hear our grievances. We just have to organize together and create some sort of.. coalition? No that's not the right word. You know what I mean though, some sort of organized group that was... united somehow.
          PatTheCarNut
          • 8 Months Ago
          @PatTheCarNut
          I volunteer to be the first President of the UMFCP United Members of Forum and Comment Posters #911 1st thing on the agenda, Poor Posting and Commenting Conditions, 2nd Poor Quality Control
      Diz
      • 8 Months Ago
      The UAW. Is there are a more clueless group of self-entitled buffoons on the face of the planet?
      kajohns1964
      • 8 Months Ago
      They want longer beer and pot breaks.
      Bernard
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why does the UAW have to ruin America's best sports car? I wish GM could fire them all!
      James John
      • 8 Months Ago
      Good reason not to buy a made by UAW car. Can't trust them workers. They can easily sabotage the vehicle when they don't get their way and have a hissy fit.
        superlightv12
        • 8 Months Ago
        @James John
        Do you fly in union made aircraft? Better stay on the ground. I don't think expecting a fair cut is having a hissy fit. You can blame the workers all you want, but the reality is that management took in HUGE bonuses right to the bankruptcy. They got bonuses for running the business into the ground.
          JIM J
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          Like most people that are critical of bonuses you seem to have lost sight of the "big picture." GM is a multi Billion dollar company - as in billions and billions and billions. The millions paid to the higher ups is less than nothing when compared to the total company cash flow. The company was driven into the ground by mismanagement; too many models, too many factories, too many dealers, too much management and so on as GM attempted to run the company with a 25% market share just like they did when that share was over 50%. Bonuses are not the problem here. The bonus argument is the holy grail of any employee (mostly union) when there is no concrete position on which to stand. Note to all workers, union or not. Your employer owes you NOTHING except a day's pay for a day's work. They are not in business to give you a job. Get over yourself. If you don't like conditions where you are...leave. Ask yourself what are you doing to make yourself more employable at a higher level. If the answer is nothing, then stop whining. All the "good deals" you receive (think health care, retirement packages, etc) are only provided by your employer in order to attract the best workers. Again, don't like it, leave. Have you done your best - everything you possibly can - at bettering yourself, perhaps for a more marketable skill. Why not. GM makes some fine products. Excellent in fact, but now has to deal with the legacy Dan Ackerman left his replacement. Berra is doing the rug-dance Dan should be doing. Bonuses aside, Mr. Dan should hung out to dry. I am not optimistic for the future of GM in it's present form the way they are handling this latest recall and the associated cover-up. Think bonuses are big, wait until you see the pay-outs for this nightmare.
          BodyBlue
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          The reality is that the UAW is a degenerate association that steals from its members and takes that money and puts it right in the pocket of the Democratic party. Why do you think that the UAW gots its money BEFORE anyone else during GM's BK? The average US auto worker is just fine.....the UAW is pure searing evil.
          stonehunte
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          @Jim J, you speak the truth, but will be downvoted by all of the entitled liberals on this site. Thanks for sharing!
          Cool Disco Dan
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          Didn't Boeing trow the union out?
      AlBongo
      • 8 Months Ago
      Get back to work, you fat lazy asses. No wonder American cars are rubbish.
        PatTheCarNut
        • 8 Months Ago
        @AlBongo
        We're all unemployed cause our jobs have gone over seas Nickel for your trouble Govna? Spare a spot of tea?
        John Hughan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @AlBongo
        Spoken like somebody who hasn't checked out an American car in the last 5 years or so.
      550PlusX5
      • 8 Months Ago
      The solution is pretty simple for GM to fix... Move the Corvette plant assembly to china!
      Hampton
      • 8 Months Ago
      No wonder We had to BAIL THEM OUT! Should have let them take out a loan like Chrysler did during the Reagan administration and PAY US BACK!
      jebibudala
      • 8 Months Ago
      I agree, replace these lazy humans with robots. "Safety issue" = having to lift something greater than 3 lbs 2oz and carry it a distance greater than 12 feet.
      RetrogradE
      • 8 Months Ago
      Idiots.
      Polak_RX8
      • 8 Months Ago
      Lol, man people think they are entittled to everything. Many people without jobs and they strike lol
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