Last fall was a tense period for the United Auto Workers and General Motors, as the two side negotiated the renewal of a major contract for wages and compensation. Negotiations between the two, however, aren’t completely finished, as contract agreements must still be reached at individual plants. As a result, GM faces another road bump as UAW workers at its Fairfax, Kansas Assembly Plant — which manufactures its all-new midsize hope, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu — are unhappy with a potential contract presented last week.
It’s standard procedure for GM and the UAW to negotiate separate contracts at individual plants for items such as work rules and local issues. According to the Detroit Free Press, more than half the UAW workers at the Fairfax plant last Friday voted to reject a proposed contract. Now, workers will vote this Thursday to authorize a strike. George Ruiz, president of UAW Local 31, said strike authorizations are common and provide members more leverage during negotiations. Ruiz declined to tell the Detroit Free Press why his members rejected the contract.
“The UAW is working through issues with the company and is optimistic that we will be able to reach an agreement,”a UAW spokesperson told the Free Press.
The Fairfax plant currently builds the Buick LaCrosse and the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The plant produced and shipped the first batch of 2013 Malibu Eco sedans last week months ahead of schedule. The Malibu is also produced at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.
Source: Detroit Free Press