The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has broadened its strike actions against General Motors (GM) by targeting a significant SUV plant in Texas, shortly after GM released positive third-quarter earnings.
UAW intensified strikes at GM’s Arlington Assembly plant, involving about 5,000 workers.
The move came after GM posted third-quarter results surpassing Wall Street projections.
The UAW strike had already cost GM approximately $800 million in lost production prior to the Arlington incident.
Following GM’s announcement of a successful third quarter, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has increased its strike activities, as reported by CNBC. The union is now targeting GM’s Arlington Assembly plant in Texas, a major production hub for the company. This facility is responsible for manufacturing notable SUV models like the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, and Chevrolet Tahoe.
The decision to expand the strike comes in the wake of GM’s third-quarter earnings, which surpassed Wall Street’s forecasts. The UAW’s President, Shawn Fain, emphasized the union’s stance, linking the company’s robust financial performance to the demand for improved contracts for the workers. He stated that consistent high profits should lead to corresponding contracts for the workforce.
Despite these record revenues, GM reported a decline in profits for the quarter. Before the strike’s escalation at Arlington, GM had already felt the financial strain, revealing an $800 million loss in production due to the UAW actions. This includes a $200 million loss during the third quarter alone.
GM expressed their disappointment regarding the intensified strike, noting the detrimental effects it has on team members, suppliers, and communities dependent on the company. The company urged for a swift resolution.
The current unrest isn’t limited to GM. Over 45,000 UAW members across Detroit automakers are on strike, affecting around 31% of union members under expired contracts. Furthermore, the ripple effects of the strike actions have resulted in the layoff of approximately 7,000 workers.
The Arlington strike is the latest in a series of union actions. Earlier incidents include targeting facilities of other automakers, highlighting the evolving nature of the union’s bargaining tactics.
Lastly, there were initial signs of potential negotiations between GM and UAW about including workers at GM’s battery cell plants in the company’s primary agreement. However, recent reports suggest these discussions have hit a standstill, with both parties maintaining different stances on the matter.