Today, the UAW at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant is voting whether to strike. Results are expected to be known tonight, but even if the workers vote to strike, regional and national union councils must so authorize, and even if the local UAW union were to vote "yes," there are plenty of opportunities and time for issues to be worked out without a strike.
UAW to hold strike vote at GM's Corvette plantTennessean said:Problems simmering inside the General Motors plant in Bowling Green, Ky., have prompted the United Auto Workers to schedule a strike vote on Tuesday, although the action might not lead to a work stoppage right away, union officials said.
"Our people are being mistreated, and there is inequity in discipline and problems with quality and safety that aren't being addressed by management," said Eldon Renaud, president of Local 2164, which represents the plant's 800 assembly workers. "Our members are tired of it."
The plant has been the exclusive assembly site for the Chevrolet Corvette since 1981, and was retooled last year to produce the redesigned, seventh-generation model of the sports car.
Renaud said rank-and-file workers are hoping that a new plant manager who took over in March might make the changes necessary to appease the workers.
Jeff Lamarche replaced Dave Tatman as plant manager on March 1. Tatman had been in charge of the plant since August 2010, and had overseen construction of a body shop and other facilities over the past couple of years in preparation for production of the new Corvette Stingray.
"Hopefully we can get the problems corrected without a strike," Renaud said. "The strike vote doesn't necessarily mean we will strike, but it does give us the authorization to (strike)."
He said workers also have issues with the plant's personnel director and with some of the contractors and subcontractors working in the facility.
Before a strike could be called, it would also have to be authorized by key regional and national union officials, including Region 8 Director Gary Casteel, based in Lebanon.
"The membership has to vote to strike, but it's just a step in the process," Casteel said. "It's purely a local situation, though. They are having some issues with the local management."
Members will vote at the union hall during the day Tuesday, and results should be available around 7 p.m., Renaud said.