US: Supplier strike hits GM crossovers production
A United Auto Workers (UAW) strike at Alliance Interiors has disrupted mid-size crossover production at GM's Lansing Delta Township assembly plant.
Reuters reported that about 90 UAW workers went on strike at Alliance in Lansing, Michigan on Tuesday night, UAW Local 724 President Dean Poggiali said. The UAW has been negotiating a contract with Alliance since May 2007, he told Reuters.
"That process has been unsuccessful, so we decided that it is time now to walk out," Poggiali said.
Poggiali stressed that Alliance Interiors' workers remain open to negotiations. "We are ready to hold talks any time, any place," he said, "and sit down to work out a deal that is fair and equitable to our members."
The strike led to a parts shortage, which forced GM to stop production on its first shift at the assembly plant on Wednesday, GM spokesman Dan Flores said.
GM workers have been told to report as regularly scheduled for the second shift and for the first shift on Thursday, he said. The plant produces the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia crossovers.
GM's production has already been hit by a strike at another supplier, American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc . Around 3,650 UAW-represented workers have been on strike at five American Axle plants since Feb. 26.
Reuters noted that the walkout at American Axle has forced the idling or partial idling of about 30 GM plants in North America because of parts shortages.