UAW strike could result in local layoffs


3 18 HOURS INTO THE STRIKE AGAINST GM… WE’RE MEASURING THE POTENTIAL FALL OUT. NEARLY 50 THOUSAND HOURLY GM WORKERS WALKED OFF THE JOB AT MIDNIGHT. 3 ABOUT 800 OF WORK AT GM’S GRAND RAPIDS OPERATION IN WYOMING. THAT’S WHERE NEWS 8’S JOE LAFURGEY IS LIVE TONIGHT — KICKING OFF OUR TEAM COVERAGE. 3 JOE:..AT 5… WE LAID OUT THE ISSUES FACING BOTH SIDES.NOW AT 6… WE’RE LOOKING AT HOW THE STRIKE COULD EFFECT PEOPLE BEYOND THE PICKET LINES. 3 (( NATS ))THE PLANT BUILDS AXLES AND OTHER COMPONENTS FOR GM VEHICLES. BUT NOT TODAY. UNITED AUTOWORKERS UNION MEMBERS HERE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY WALKED OFF THE JOB AT MIDNIGHT.((PAUL ISLEY ASSOCIATE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS, GVSU SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS/IF WE DONT SEE A LOT OF MOVEMENT IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS… THEN WE MIGHT BE PULLING IN FOR A LONG HAUL. )) AND THAT COULD BE BAD NEWS FOR LOCAL GM SUPPLIERS.LACKS ENTERPRISES HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR TELLS 24 HOUR NEWS 8, IF THERE’S NOT A QUICK SETTLEMENT… THEY MAY BE FORCED TO MAKE LAYOFFS. ANY DECISION WON’T COME UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK.LACKS… WHO’S LARGEST CUSTOMER IS GM… IS ALREADY ASKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO AVOID FORCED LAYOFFS. STILL… PAUL ISLEY, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS AT GRAND VALLEY STATE’S SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS SAYS LOCAL SUPPLIERS HAVE DIVERSIFIED WHAT THEY’RE SELLING AND WHO THEY’RE SELLING IT TOO.HE SAYS MOST ARE BETTER SUITED TO WEATHER THIS KIND OF STORM THAN THEY WERE A DECADE AGO, 3 ((PAUL ISLEY ASSOCIATE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS, GVSU SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS/THAT REALLY HELPS THEM. IT HELPS THEIR PRODUCT MIX. IT HELPS THEM FROM HAVING TO LAY OFF AS MANY PEOPLE WHEN THINGS START TO SLOW DOWN.)) AT ISSUE… WAGES, PLANT CLOSURES, AND HEALTH CARE COSTS.ISLEY SAYS THE TIMING MAY NOT PLAY IN THE UNION’S FAVOR.((PAUL ISLEY ASSOCIATE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS, GVSU SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS/WE’RE SEEING A SLOW DOWN IN AUTOMOTIVE RIGHT NOW. SO THAT’S GOING TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR GM TO GIVE THEM AS MUCH AS THE UAW IS HOPING FOR. )) BUT GM IS FIGHTING FORD AND CHRYSLER’S RAM TRUCK DIVISION FOR A BIGGER SHARE OF THE VERY PROFITABLE TRUCK SEGMENT, WITH THE LAUNCH OF NEW FULL SIZE PICK UP. SOMETHING THAT COULD HELP THE UAW’S CAUSE.((PAUL ISLEY ASSOCIATE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS, GVSU SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS/GM IS GOING TO BE MORE LIKELY TO WANT TO GET OUT OF THIS QUICKLY SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO PRODUCE THESE PICK UP TRUCKS. )) 3 JOE:..WHY DID THE UAW TARGET G-M INSTEAD OF FORD OR FIAT CHRYSLER?THERE ARE ABOUT $8 BILLION REASONS.$8 BILLION IS WHAT GM MADE LAST YEAR.LIVE IN WYOMING, JOE LAFURGEY, 24 HOUR NEWS 8. 3 LYNSEY:..WHEN THE UAW GOES ON STRIKE, MICHIGAN NATURALLY FEELS THE IMPACT FIRST AND ARGUABLY THE MOST. SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN CONGRESSMAN FRED UPTON TALKED WITH NEWS EIGHT POLITICAL REPORTER RICK ALBIN ABOUT THIS LATEST ACTION AND WHERE IT MIGHT LEAD.RICK. 3 RICK:..THE CONGRESSMAN SAYS THAT A STRIKE LIKE THIS IMPACTS MORE THAN JUST GM. SUPPLIERS, THOUGH MORE DIVERSIFIED THAT IN YEAR PAST, WILL STILL FEEL THE PRESSURE OF A STRIKE DEPENDING ON IT’S LENGTH HE SAID. THE LOSS OF WAGES HITS THE WORKERS ON STRIKE BUT HAS A NEGATIVE TRICKLE DOWN AFFECT ON THE WHOLE ECONOMY. 3 ((IMPACTS THE REVENUES TO THE STATE. IMPACTS WHAT THEY DOING IN THEY’RE DOING IN TERMS OF PURCHASES. OBVIOUSLY YOU’VE GO THE WHOLE CREDIT ISSUE THAT’S OUT THERE AS WELL AND LOST PRODUCTION LET ALONE THE IMPACT ON THE CONSUMERS MAY OR MAY NOT PUT OFF BUYING A NEW VEHICLE SO SALES … I MEAN THIS IS A BIG DEAL AS IT CERTAINLY IMPACTS MICHIGAN AND WE HOPE THAT IT GETS, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, I HOPE THAT IT GETS RESOLVED PRETTY QUICKLY.)) 3 RICK:..UPTON SAYS THERE WAS WARNING THIS WAS COMING. GM CEO MARY BARRA WAS IN GM CEO MARY WAS COMING. WAS WARNING THIS 3 WAS COMING. GM CEO MARY BARRA WAS IN WASHINGTON TWO WEEKS AGO AND HE BELIEVE SHE TOLD THE PRESIDENT AT THAT TIME A

4 thoughts on “UAW strike could result in local layoffs

  1. Its weird how GM doesn't want to talk when the economy is in the toilet it's like this people not working is doing them a favor just go in to work and don't make parts take your pay check and leave the guys there with there junk in there hand

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