UAW strikes Ford supplier Constellium

Meanwhile, Wednesday marked the tenth day of a UAW strike at a Clarios battery plant near Toledo. Negotiations are ongoing but Clarios and the UAW have not reached a resolution yet.

The strike involved more than 400 workers and began in response to failed negotiations about overtime pay and other concerns.

The plant supplies batteries to automotive assembly lines at Ford and General Motors. So far, there have been no reports of production disruptions.

“We are aware of the situation and monitoring it closely,” a GM spokesperson said. The plant supplies 12-volt batteries to GM plants in the US and Canada.

The UAW filed charges against Clarios with the National Labor Relations Board on May 5, alleging the company was guilty of refusing to bargain or of bargaining in bad faith and refusing to furnish information.

A spokesperson for Clarios did not say whether the company plans to file its own charges.

“We’re committed to bargaining with the union in good faith,” the spokesperson said. “At the same time, the union has the right to file a claim. We look forward to the review process, and to also arrive at a fair agreement for both sides to resolve the strike.”

Clarios, based in Milwaukee and formerly part of Johnson Controls Inc., ranks No. 75 on Automotive News‘ list of the top 100 global parts suppliers, with estimated worldwide sales to automakers of $2.5 billion in its 2021 fiscal year.

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