GM has opened several plants that will use non-UAW employees to build components for the upcoming Chevy Volt and future electric vehicles. Delphi, a major supplier of components to GM, has also announced that their new Kokomo, Indiana plant will hire non-union employees to build parts for the Volt. Final assembly point of the Volt will be GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which utilizes a UAW workforce.
GM sees this as a cost cutting measure necessary for the automaker’s long term survival. The UAW views it as a slap in the face, especially in light of recent concessions on wages and benefits.
Historically, labor disputes with the UAW have produced work slowdowns and stoppages, as well as dramatically reduced product quality. Given the current state of the economy, and the overall lack of employment opportunities nationwide, it remains to be seen whether or not the mix in labor will create problems for Volt assembly and quality.
Source: Left Lane News