Strike Notices Posted in FCA’s Largest Transmission Plant
Local Warns Strike Could Happen Midnight Wednesday
Just after the situation at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly plant was successfully diffused after the threat of a strike comes news that the UAW Local representing workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) critical Kokomo, Indiana, plant may be striking as soon as Wednesday, Automotive News reports. Strike notices were posted in the plant with the time and date of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. The strike would mark the cancellation of both the local and national contracts affecting Kokomo. This strike threat comes on the heels of UAW workers overwhelmingly rejecting FCA’s initial contract proposal. It is unknown if other FCA plants will be directly affected by this strike action. FCA representatives said they have been “in talks” with the UAW but did not offer further details on negotiations or contingency plans.
The Kokomo transmission plant is a critical one for FCA, which builds the TorqueFlite8 and is slated to build the nine-speed automatic used in the company’s models with transverse powertrains. A work stoppage at Kokomo would have far-reaching repercussions, threatening to bring production of the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee to a virtual standstill, as well as FCA’s fullsize sedan models, the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, and Dodge Challenger.
Source: Automotive News