WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon April 7, 2014
Bowling Green UAW to Hold Strike Vote
The local chapter of the United Auto Workers Union will vote Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike at the General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
Local 2164 President Eldon Renaud tells WKU Public Radio that several issues arose under the leadership of former plant manager Dave Tatman, who Renaud says, was forced out.
"We've been waiting a long time to try to get these quality and safety issues addressed. We have manpower issues, and things have just come to a head," says Renaud. "Our membership voted recently by 100% of the vote to have this (strike) vote taken."
About 800 union workers will cast ballots. Renaud says he expects workers to approve a strike, but he hopes it doesn’t come to that.
Plant Spokeswoman Andrea Hales issued the following 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."