GM’s Chevrolet Malibu Plant in Kansas Idled due to Strike at Missouri Plant

GM Plant Shutdown

General Motors Idles Chevrolet Malibu Plant Due to Strike

On Wednesday, General Motors made the decision to halt production at its Chevrolet Malibu assembly plant in Kansas. This move was a result of a shortage of stampings, which are produced at a Missouri plant currently affected by a strike.

The ongoing strike, organized by the United Auto Workers (UAW), is targeting GM’s Wentzville Assembly plant. As a consequence, approximately 2,000 UAW-represented employees at the Fairfax Assembly plant will be temporarily out of work.

In addition, Stellantis, another major automotive manufacturer, also felt the impact of the strike. The company announced that 68 employees at its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, were temporarily laid off. Stellantis expects another 300 employees at its transmission and casting plants in Kokomo, Ind., to be affected as well.

The GM Fairfax plant is responsible for producing the popular Malibu sedan and the Cadillac XT4 compact crossover. Due to the shortage of stampings caused by the strike, the Wentzville plant, which manufactures vans and midsize pickups for Chevy and GMC, had to reduce production of decklids for Malibu.

GM Statement on the Situation

In response to the strike and its impact, GM released a statement expressing their disappointment. The company stated, “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 being idled today and most of its represented team members leaving the plant as there is no work available. The team members at Fairfax are not expected to return until the situation has been resolved.”

GM also mentioned that the Fairfax employees would not be eligible for supplemental unemployment pay due to the specific circumstances of the strike.

However, the UAW countered GM’s claims, with President Shawn Fain stating that any layoffs attributed to the strike are simply an attempt by the company to pressure union members into accepting less favorable terms. Fain assured UAW members that they will not be left without income during the strike.

Notably, skilled trades employees at the Fairfax plant have been asked to continue reporting for their regular shifts, according to a GM spokesperson.

Impact on Other Plants and Suppliers

The strike at Wentzville Assembly is one of three ongoing UAW strikes. The others include Stellantis’ Toledo Assembly Complex and Ford Motor Co.’s Michigan Assembly Plant, which produces the Ranger and Bronco models.

Ford has already laid off 600 workers at the Michigan Assembly Plant who are not involved in the strike.

Stellantis reported that the temporary layoffs at the Toledo Machining Plant are a result of “storage constraints” caused by the strike. The company anticipates similar actions at its Kokomo Transmission and Kokomo Casting facilities in Indiana, affecting approximately 300 employees across the two locations.

Furthermore, UAW officials in Toledo stated that around 600 workers at two suppliers within the Jeep complex in Ohio, Kuka Toledo Production Operations and Mobis, will receive $500 in weekly pay despite their employers not being directly involved in the strike.