General Motors lays off 2,000 workers at Kansas plant amid UAW strike

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United Auto Workers members attend a rally in Detroit, Sept. 15, 2023.

United Auto Workers members attend a rally in Detroit, Sept. 15, 2023.

General Motors announced that they’re laying off 2,000 people because of the strike with the United Auto Workers union.

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GM idled a plant in Kansas because they say don’t have auto parts to work with since the plant that makes the parts is also on strike.

Stellantis, the maker of Jeep and Chrysler, expects to lay off more than 300 workers in Ohio and Indiana.

The layoffs are adding to tensions just two days before the UAW is expected to call for expanding its strike with more factories to join this Friday if no agreement is reached.

Read: Ford reaches tentative deal with Canadian auto workers union

Currently, the UAW strike against Detroit’s Big 3 is limited to Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, a Jeep plant in Toledo, and the GM plant in Wentzville, Mo.

“We’re going to keep hitting the company where we need to — when we need to — and we’re not going to keep waiting around forever while they drag this out,” UAW President Shawn Fain said in a Facebook video earlier this week.

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Editor’s note: Some employees of WDET are members of UAW Local 1979 — a different bargaining group that’s unaffected by these negotiations.

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.