UAW Members on Strike! Workers Close the Road to the Corvette Assembly Plant

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UAW Members on Strike! Workers Close Road to the Corvette Assembly Plant

Photo Credit: Rob Harris / Twitter


The United Auto Workers voted on Sunday night to go on strike against General Motors after negotiations to a new contract between the two parties fell through. A new meeting between the company and union representatives was set for Monday morning.

In the meantime, workers at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, KY were out on Sunday evening after the strike was authorized and they began marching on the access road that leads to the factory. Police were called out to open it up after traffic began backing up early Monday morning.

A couple twitter videos from Rob Harris of WHAS11 in Louisville shows the workers picketing on the road that leads to the Corvette Assembly Plant:



The Corvette Assembly Plant has about 900 UAW workers at the plant and a couple hundred salaried employees.

How long the strike will go is anyone’s guess but and local UAW officials say the strike could last a few days to several weeks or even longer.

Update

The BG Daily News has a news article on the strike at the Corvette assembly plant. One of the striking workers is quoted as saying, “I bet they ain’t getting any of those new ones out, because they ain’t being built.”.

Another Tweet from local media:


WBKO dropped midday news report on the strike with comments from UAW Local 2164 officials:

Having a reasonable expectation that whenever you’re doing well, as this company is doing very well, and when they prosper then their employees should prosper,” said Local 2164 President, Jack Bowers. “To a degree, I know they still have to make money and be profitable, but there is a line and I think the line, we’re not even close to the line.”


Source:
Rob Harris / Twitter

Related:
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Corvette Plant’s UAW Members Approve Strike Authorization

 

15 COMMENTS

  1. You know how many people would love to work at the Bowling Green Corvette assembly plant? A $hitload! I’d fire their arses so fast it’d make their heads spin. Hey, if you don’t want to work there, go get another job in the thriving Bowling Green area making what you’re making dollar-for-dollar. Should be easy right? Gimme a break and do the job you signed up for. (spits)

  2. UNIONS- This is what’s wrong in America !!. Clear out the Riff-Raff and move forward.

  3. IF IT WASN’T FOR THE UNION JOBS THAT ARE LEFT IN THIS COUNTRY FIGHTING FOR A MIDDLE CLASS WAGE AND BENEFIT PACKAGE GUESS WHAT THE GOLD STANDARD MIDDLE CLASS PAY IS NOW? IF YOUR LUCKY $15 A HOUR NO BENEFITS. TRUMP GIVES THE CORPORATIONS $1.5 TRILLION DOLLAR TAX CUT THAT JUST WAS ADDED TO THE NATIONAL DEBT. NOW HE SAYS WE HAVE TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE BECAUSE THE COUNTRY IS GOING BROKE. ALL THE UAW WORKERS THAT VOTED FOR HIM YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.

  4. First off, if GM is so profitable, how about first paying back the $19 billion to the US taxpayers that the UAW and GM made off with during the so-called bankruptcy. Secondly, have these workers not learned anything about the value of what they do? Collecting >$100k/yr with OT for a job you can learn in a day is history. Go back to work and count yourself blessed with what you have. And don’t kill the goose (Bowling Green plant) that will lay the golden egg (C8).

  5. Blocking the road? Dumbazzes should have known that’s illegal. They’re acting like a bunch of school kids. All they want is a living wage? So does everyone else. No one outside the auto industry has the health benefits that GM, Ford, FCA, and Tier 1 suppliers provide to their employees.

  6. I guesss i will ask my dealer for my deposit back and get a Porsche. I wanted to buy American but they don’t want to work for a good wage that they have already. I am waiting for a C8 after owning 8 corvettes before. Get to work!

  7. This fricking country is collapsing right before our very eyes.
    This is all the socialism people are raming down American throats.
    These people are striking because they feel they brought GM back from bankruptcy
    and now the company is profiting very very well and they deserve a piece of that
    profit.
    In essence, their pay scale and benefits are reflected in the successful business of GM.
    I think a pay raise and incentives are always in order but in the meantime, they really do not have
    too much to gripe about. It’s socialism, not Capitalism that drives their greed.
    As one person mentioned 100 grand with overtime and good family benefits is something to
    covet. Nobody is ever happy anymore, a lot of people want what other people have.

  8. I’ve known other manufacturing companies that have closed facilities, after investing millions in it, and moved production to other locations. Nothing is permanent.

  9. I’m totally for fair wages but at what expense? I didn’t see any comments here of the union officials who are being investigated for stealing from the UAW’s pension fund. Hmm, seems like we’ve heard this before, i.e. when Jimmy Hoffa (senior) lead the Teamsters union. I wonder where his body ended up?

  10. I never earned $100,000 when I worked. It’s not that UAW members don’t want to work, they’re just tired of being pushed around. A lot of the jobs cannot be learned proficiently in a day. A lot of you people have no idea what you are talking about. GM wants you busy 55 seconds every minute. You people probably set at a desk or have jobs that you can go to the restroom anytime. Retired GM employee and UAW member 40 years. Seen a few things.

  11. Lost my union job with the UPRR back in’87 when they closed their Omaha locomotive repair shop. Just retired after spending the last 32 years working for less than half union wage the whole time.

    Be happy with what you have folks….

  12. I hope people do realise that unions are the reason we all don’t have to work for slave wages … Unions are the reasons why all jobs aren’t mandated 12 hour shifts 7 days a week… Unions are the reasons corporations have such good healthcare and benefits now… The second the unions are gone we’re all fucked….

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