Workers at Indiana plant go on strike

Union members walk out in protest citing health, safety concerns

Reuters September 11, 2022
A view shows the logo of Stellantis at the entrance of the company's factory in Hordain, France, July 7, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS


Members of the United Auto Workers union walked out of Stellantis’ Kokomo plant in Indiana on Saturday, citing health and safety concerns.

In a statement, the union demanded the company replace its heating and air-conditioning systems, provide clean uniforms and repair equipment to provide a safer and more comfortable working environment.

It was not clear how long the strike would last or to what extent production would be affected. UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said Stellantis was claiming to have no money to meet the basic needs of its workers but was making record profits and investing billions in a new battery plant.

In May, Stellantis and Samsung SDI announced they would invest more than $2.5 billion to build a new joint venture battery plant in Kokomo.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2022.

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