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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Local GM Powertrain workers will not go on strike Friday

BEDFORD -SEPTEMBER 14, 2023 - At this time the local GM Powertrain workers will not go on strike this evening or Friday morning.



Local UAW 440 president Derek Cronin notified the Lawrence County Zephyr about 10:00 pm that there is no strike for the local plant at this time.


However, this will not be the case for some plants of GM, Ford or Stellantis as the National contract is set to expire at 11:59 pm tonight.


The plan at this time to strike U.S. assembly plants of GM, Ford, and Stellantis, which include the Wentzille, Missouri mid size truck and full size van and FORD'S Ranger midsize and Bronco SUV plant in Wayne, Michigan; a and Gladiator plant in Toledo , Ohio have been selected to go on strike.


These plants were selected by the union as part of targeted strike plans initially announced Wednesday night by UAW PRESIDENT Shawn Fain.


Fain has referred to the union's plan as a "stand -up" strike.


The proposal from the union have included 40 percent hourly pay raises, reduced 32-hour work week, a shift back to traditional pensions, the elimination of compensation tiers and cost of living adjustments.


Photo: Local UAW president Derek Cronin talked to the Lawrence County Zephyr Thursday afternoon about the national and local contract


" At this time what we have been hearing there has been a lot of good movement and one of the things that has happened over last couple of days they have closed the doors. Which means they have been rebuffing outside influences to try and get a deal done," said Cronin.


" I am just hoping we do not go out for 40 days during the last strike. I truly think its not going to take that,"


Local issues Cronin says the union is concerned about inflation and the wage rates to increase, and return to pensions when they lost those in 2008 - 2009 bankruptcy with GM.


" We want to return to retirement and benefits that include health care. We want to get back where we were back in 2007," added Cronin.


The local plant lost some product lines that are no longer are being produced. This has caused layoffs with those employees having to move to other GM plants or leave the company.


The union is hopeful that the local plant can market itself into other product lines that will bring new workers into the Bedford plant.


You can go to the Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page and view the interview in its entirety.


For breaking news, news and information go to lczephyr.org or Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page.


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