DETROIT, Michigan (WKBN) – 50,800 members of the United Autoworkers who work at General Motors plants across the country are set to take strike authorization votes by Aug. 27. The Detroit News says the authorization gives union leadership the ability to call a strike if negotiations stall, so it doesn’t mean there will be a strike.
Members of the two union locals at GM Lordstown are among those voting. The current four-year contract expires Sept. 14.
President of UAW Local 1112 Glenn Johnson says his 4,500 members will vote starting Thursday at 6 a.m. at the union hall in Jackson Township. The voting will continue for 24 hours.
Johnson tells WKBN they don’t want a strike. He says, “No one wins in a strike. It’s one of the tools in the toolbox.” Still, he says it’s customary for membership to give strong support for any authorization to strike.
The UAW Local 1714 membership is voting during the same 24-hour period at their union hall on Salt Springs Road in Lordstown. They have 1,400 members.
UAW employees at Fiat Chrysler are taking similar votes.