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General Motors Lays Off 164 More Workers Due To UAW Strike

General Motors has laid off more employees as a result of the United Auto Workers unions’ strike, bringing the company’s total tally of laid off workers caused by the strike above 2,100.

GM has yet to be spared in the ongoing rounds of strikes from the unions.

Two weeks ago, UAW launched their strike against Detroit’s Big Three, a Ford plant in Michigan, a General Motors plant in Missouri and a Stellantis plant in Ohio.

The strike started with 13,000 UAW members going on strike, then a few days later, a second round of strikes at 38 locations in 20 states

Hours after this, GM said they would be forced to layoff 130 workers at its Parma, Ohio, metal center and 34 from its Marion, Indiana, metal center.

Ford was spared while union leadership, led by union President Shawn Fain, told members to walk off the job at 38 parts distribution facilities for GM and Stellantis.

At the end of last week, UAW added an additional 7,000 workers to the strike, this time not sparing Ford but leaving Stellantis out of the third round. 

This time, in the fourth round, the union directly targeted Ford, announcing the shutdown of the automaker’s Chicago assembly plant along with GM’s assembly facility in Lansing, Michigan.

“The UAW leadership’s decision to call a strike at GM Wentzville Assembly, and now GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly, continues to have negative ripple effects,” the company said in a statement. 

“Beginning Monday, October 2nd, a portion of GM’s Parma Metal Center and Marion Metal Center represented workforce will have no work available. The affected team members are not expected to return until the strike has been resolved.”

“We have said repeatedly that nobody wins in a strike, and this is yet another demonstration of that fact,” the statement continued. “We will continue to bargain in good faith with the union to reach an agreement as quickly as possible.”

GM previously laid off around 2,000 workers following the first strike round, claiming the strike at its Wentzville facility forced it to shut down its Fairfax, Kansas, plant.

Last month, Stellantis laid off roughly 370 workers as a result of the strike, and Ford temporarily furloughed 600, according to Forbes. 

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