GM and Stellantis lay off more than 2,000 workers amid UAW strike

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The ongoing strike by the United Auto Workers union has led to more layoffs at General Motors and Stellantis, affecting more than 2,000 workers in total.

GM idles Kansas plant, denies benefits to laid-off workers

General Motors announced on Wednesday that it has halted production at its Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas, where it makes the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and the Cadillac XT4 crossover. The company said the reason for the shutdown was a shortage of parts supplied by its Wentzville plant in Missouri, where workers went on strike last week.

About 2,000 workers at the Fairfax plant were laid off as a result of the decision. GM also said that because of the strike, the workers will not be eligible for the supplemental unemployment benefits that it normally pays to its laid-off employees.

“We have said repeatedly that nobody wins in a strike,” GM said in a statement. “What happened to our Fairfax team members is a clear and immediate demonstration of that fact. We will continue to bargain in good faith with the union to reach an agreement as quickly as possible.”

Stellantis cuts jobs at Ohio and Indiana parts factories

Stellantis, the maker of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles, also announced layoffs on Wednesday, affecting about 370 workers at three parts factories in Ohio and Indiana. The company said the layoffs were due to “storage constraints” caused by the strike at its Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio, where it builds the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator models.

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The affected plants are the Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, and the Kokomo Transmission and Kokomo Casting facilities in Kokomo, Indiana. Stellantis said it expects to resume production at these plants once the strike is resolved.

UAW prepares for more strikes as negotiations continue

The UAW strike began on September 15, after the union failed to reach a new contract with GM, Ford and Stellantis. The union is seeking 40% hourly pay increases, a 32-hour, four-day workweek, a shift back to traditional pensions, the end of compensation tiers and the restoration of cost-of-living adjustments.

The automakers have offered roughly 20% increases in hourly pay, thousands of dollars in bonuses, and retention of the union’s platinum health care, along with other improvements in benefits.

The union is using a targeted strategy in its strikes, having workers walk off the job at specific manufacturing sites on short notice in order to make it harder for the automakers to anticipate their plans and work around them. So far, workers at GM’s midsize truck and full-size van plant in Wentzville, Missouri; Ford’s Ranger midsize pickup and Bronco SUV plant in Wayne, Michigan; and Stellantis’ Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator plant in Toledo, Ohio, are on strike.

Nearly 13,000 workers are involved in the strike so far. UAW President Shawn Fain said the union will announce more strikes on Friday unless there is “serious progress” toward a new contract.

The strike is already affecting other GM and Stellantis factories, where nearly 2,400 workers were laid off last week. Ford said it laid off 600 employees in Wayne on Friday.

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