WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon April 21, 2014
Union Leader Optimistic GM Strike Can be Avoided at Bowling Green Plant
The head of the United Auto Workers Union in Bowling Green says progress is being made nearly two weeks after Corvette Assembly Plant workers voted to authorize a strike.
Local 21-64 President Eldon Renaud says some of the safety problems at the factory are in the process of being fixed.
"We think the previous manager had ignored some of those issues. We felt it was important to bring in a new set of eyes and he seems very interested in problem solving," commented Renaud. "I think the company is going to comply with our request to fix those items. Some of it just takes time and engineering to develop fixes."
The assembly plant had received two OSHA violations under former manager Dave Tatman, who resigned abruptly in February. Jeff LeMarche was brought in March 1 as plant manager.
Talks are still underway on some manpower and quality issues, and Renaud adds that the union won’t be satisfied until a new personnel director is in place.
The local union’s current contract with GM expires in 2015, but Renaud says there were too many pressing issues to wait until then.