The ongoing United Auto Workers (UAW) strike, which has already caused a shutdown of three plants across the country, including the General Motors (NYSE:) plant in Wentzville, Missouri, could soon impact the Fairfax GM plant in Kansas City. According to reports on Monday, the strike could halt car assembly at the Fairfax plant due to a shortage of critical parts supplied by the Wentzville plant.
Last week, GM warned workers of a potential shutdown at the Fairfax plant. It was noted that the plant could run out of parts this week due to the strike at Wentzville, a suburb of St. Louis. “It is unfortunate that the UAW leadership’s decision to call a strike at Wentzville Assembly has already had a negative ripple effect, with GM’s Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas,” said the company in a statement.
The Fairfax plant employs approximately 2,200 workers who assemble the Cadillac XT4 SUV and the Chevrolet Malibu. The strike by about 13,000 UAW workers is targeting all three major automakers with demands for a 40% pay raise over the next four years. The companies have countered with an offer of roughly half that amount.
Meanwhile, operations at other auto plants in the region remain unaffected by the strike. The Ford (NYSE:) Assembly plant in Claycomo, which produces the Ford F-150 pickup truck and Transit and E-Transit vans with its 6,900 hourly workers, continues regular operations.
As negotiations continue between GM and UAW, it remains uncertain when normal operations will resume at the affected plants. GM emphasized its commitment to bargaining in good faith with the union for a quick resolution for all parties involved.
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