At 10 a.m. this morning, members of UAW Local 31 in Kansas City, Kansas walked out at GM’s Fairfax assembly plant. The plant manufactures the extremely popular Chevrolet Malibu sedan.
Automotive News reports that the strike is a result of GM failing to reach a local operating contract with the union. Analysts are saying that the UAW is holding local strikes to try to pressure GM to help negotiate a settlement in the 10-week old strike at American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc.
UAW Ron Gettelfinger said last week that the union should not expect GM to get involved because it is merely a dispute between the union and American Axle. That walkout by 3,650 workers at five American Axle plants has idled production at 31 GM plants.