UAW workers go on strike at Stellantis plant in Indiana
United Auto Workers union members have gone on strike at the Stellantis casting plant in Indiana
DETROIT -- United Auto Workers union members went on strike Saturday at the Stellantis casting plant in Indiana, citing health and safety issues including the company's alleged refusal to repair and replace the plant’s air conditioning and heating systems.
The 35-acre plant in Kokomo makes parts used in the power trains of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM vehicles and a long-term strike could affect vehicle assembly lines across North America.
Stellantis says production had not been scheduled for this weekend and it hoped to resume negotiations as soon as possible on a contract with striking UAW Local 1166.
In a statement, Stellantis said it was committed “to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. After bargaining in good faith for two days and presenting an offer we believed addressed the union’s concerns, we are disappointed by the UAW’s decision to walk out.”
The 1,200-worker plant, Kokomo Casting, is the world's largest die cast facility, according to Stellantis. It makes aluminum parts for components including transmissions and engine blocks.
The UAW local complained in a statement that Stellantis “claims it has no money to meet its membership's basic needs" — including providing clean uniforms — while ”making record profits and investing billions in a new battery plant across the street."
In May, Stellantis announced a $2.5 billion joint venture with Samsung to build an electric vehicle battery factory in Kokomo that is to employ 1,400 workers.
UAW local president David Willis did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. A person who answered the phone at union offices said he was preparing for a resumption in negotiations.
The casting plant is to be retooled to produce engine blocks for hybrid-electric vehicles.
Stellantis, formed last year with the merger of Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Peugeot, had said it would build two electric vehicle battery factories in North America. The other is slated for Windsor, Ontario.
In a casting plant, without proper air conditioning? I don't blame them for striking...the company's alleged refusal to repair and replace the plant’s air conditioning and heating systems
congrats and great news! Looking forward to seeing a photo of your Jeep when you get it!Just got word from my dealer today that my estimated ship date is 9/29. Scheduled date was 8/23. I doubt we’ll make that ship date and honestly, I’d be ok waiting another couple weeks (gives me a chance to throw down more on the down payment).
as a follow up I asked my salesperson if he had heard anything. He sent me the following text…Sounds made up to me. Did you see someone cruising around the dealership in a Jeep tee shirt telling everyone…’better get your reign orders in’…
Your dealer is just parroting the press release that we all saw. Which is fine. That's what he should be doing. But just want to point out that he does not have any more info on this than we do.as a follow up I asked my salesperson if he had heard anything. He sent me the following text…
‘should be through October, maybe even the rest of the year’
i certainly suggest people get thier orders in for the reign color because with the commodity issues you just never know, but I would feel pretty confident about ordering through the end of October and maybe even a little longer
They rarely do. Back when I missed ordering a Punk'n Gladiator in 2020, my dealer told me that they have a general idea of what they are told us happening, but until the monthly updated order guide comes out, they are grasping halfblind in the dark.Your dealer is just parroting the press release that we all saw. Which is fine. That's what he should be doing. But just want to point out that he does not have any more info on this than we do.
Don't think there has been a purple option since the JK....That's a Sahara 4xe. Did they come in extreme purple? I don't pay that much attention to what comes out and when.
I don't think 4xe's existed during the JK run....Very cool. But the pessimist in me looks at it and wonders if it's an old pic from the X-treme Purple days...