UPDATED: Bowling Green UAW Members Vote On Strike Authorization

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Union representatives say if the vote is in favor of a strike, it doesn't necessarily mean one will happen.

UPDATED 9:45 PM -- According to the chapter President, Eldon Renaud, the vote passed with 93.3% approval.


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) --Months after the fall of a handful of Corvettes made headlines, it's now the people that make them that are getting attention. Members of the local UAW chapter voted Tuesday afternoon to give leaders the authority to strike if things like safety conditions at the GM plant don't improve.

"In an unsafe area you might have to go down into a pit or something like that. It's just the safety procedures that are being followed," said Local 2164 UAW President, Eldon Renaud.

Representatives with the UAW say safety is definitely a big issue inside the plant; but they also say another large looming problem is quality. They feel they don't have enough say in the matter.

"There's some management practices going on. Maybe overriding the work of our inspectors saying, 'Oh I think that one is good enough.' We have to make sure that that stops. We don't want management with punches to be able to punch something off that is our work. If we think it's good enough than it's good enough," added Renaud.

Officials with the plant say they're aware of the vote and had this to say in a statement:

"We pride ourselves in working with our UAW Local 2164 partners to achieve success and build award-winning vehicles. We're confident that we can work together and have a strong track record of creative problem solving. We've built a world-class product at the Bowling Green facility for more than 30 years, with the safety of our employees and quality of the car at the forefront of every decision. We are committed to continue that tradition."

Union representatives say if the vote is in favor of a strike, it doesn't necessarily mean one will happen. They know that the threat of a strike may play into their favor when it comes time for negotiations, but they hope things can be worked out before that point.

"General Motors sometimes looks at things from the wrong perspective. It needs somebody to say look at if from our perspective too. We want to be full partners," added Renaud.

At this point, there is no deadline for negotiations between the two parties.

Three officials from UAW International are expected to be at the plant on Wednesday to discuss the issues with GM officials.


Members of UAW 2164 will hold a vote Tuesday, April 8 to decide whether the bargaining committee can authorize a strike if talks with General Motors Bowling Green Corvette Plant fall through.

According to UAW President, Eldon Renaud, the members' concerns include safety, hazardous conditions, and manpower.

The plant released this statement from the General Motors Bowling Green Corvette Plant regarding the local UAW vote to authorize a strike:

"We pride ourselves in working with our UAW Local 2164 partners to achieve success and build award-winning vehicles. We’re confident that we can work together and have a strong track record of creative problem solving. We've built a world-class product at the Bowling Green facility for more than 30 years, with the safety of our employees and quality of the car at the forefront of every decision. We are committed to continue that tradition."

We'll have more information on the situation as it develops.


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