Magazine article Personnel Journal

A 17-Day Strike at GM Idles Thousands of Workers

Magazine article Personnel Journal

A 17-Day Strike at GM Idles Thousands of Workers

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APPROXIMATELY 3,OOO UNITED AUTO Workers (UAW) at two of Detroit, Michigan-based General Motors Corp.'s Delphi Automotive Systems plants in Dayton, Ohio went on strike in early March. At the heart of the discontent were workers' long-term disputes over staffing levels, outsourcing issues and investment capital. Union officials claimed GM had not lived up to promises it made two years earlier to drop outsourcing plans, to bring 500 new jobs into the plant and to invest $160 million in the facilities.

The strike caused more than 175,800 GM workers across North America to be idled because the two striking units usually produce more than 90% of the braking parts used in GM vehicles. Labor historians said the strike was the biggest shutdown of GM operations since the UAW union's epic national strike against GM in 1970.

According to news reports, GM had planned to buy antilock brake systems for a future car model from German supplier Robert Bosch GmbH, rather than award the work to its own Delphi parts unit, which may have added at least 128 new jobs to the GM unit in the next few years. …

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