GM and Stellantis just laid off more than 2,000 additional workers because of the UAW's strike


United Auto Workers members on a picket line outside the Stellantis NV Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio, on Sept. 18, 2023.

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General Motors and Stellantis said they have laid off additional workers because of consequences related to the United Auto Workers strike.

GM said in a statement Wednesday that it has halted production at its assembly plant in Fairfax, Kansas, because of a “shortage of critical stampings” that would have been supplied by its factory in Wentzville, Missouri, where workers went on strike last week. About 2,000 workers are affected.

Earlier Wednesday, Stellantis said it is laying off about 370 employees at three parts factories in Ohio and Indiana immediately due to “storage constraints,” also related to the strike. The plants make parts for Jeep vehicles built at the automaker’s Toledo Assembly Complex, where workers are also on strike.

UAW-represented workers walked out of the Wentzville and Toledo assembly plants, as well as a Ford Motor factory in Wayne, Michigan, near Detroit, on Sep. 15, after the three automakers failed to reach a deal on a new contract with the union.

GM’s Fairfax Assembly plant builds the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and Cadillac XT4 crossover. GM has said that due to the strike, 2,000 Fairfax workers who were laid off will not qualify for the supplemental benefits normally given to its laid-off workers. The Fairfax team’s experience is a clear demonstration of this fact. We will continue to negotiate in good faith with unions to reach an agreement quickly. Nearly 13,000 GM Ford Stellantis employees are currently on strike in the Wentzville and Toledo plants. UAW President Shawn Fain said the union would announce more strikes Friday unless there is “serious progress” in negotiations.