General Motors idled its Chevrolet Malibu assembly plant in Kansas after running short of stampings made at a Missouri plant where workers are on strike.
The auto maker said in a Sept 20 statement that the roughly 2,000 United Auto Workers union-represented employees at Fairfax Assembly will be off work because of the ongoing UAW strike targeting GM's Wentzville Assembly plant.
Also on Sept. 20, Stellantis said 68 employees at its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, were temporarily laid off because of the strike at the nearby assembly plant that builds the Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler. The auto maker said it also expects to lay off 300 employees at its transmission and casting plants in Kokomo, Ind.
The GM Fairfax plant builds the Malibu sedan and the Cadillac XT4 compact crossover. The Wentzville plant, which builds vans and midsize pickups for Chevy and GMC, makes decklids for the Malibu that ran short, a spokesperson said.
"It is unfortunate that the UAW leadership's decision to call a strike at Wentzville Assembly has already had a negative ripple effect, with GM's Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas being idled today and most of its represented team members leaving the plant as there is no work available," the GM statement said. "The team members at Fairfax are not expected to return until the situation has been resolved."