Lansing-Area GM Plants to Reopen Thursday

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

LANSING -- Just a few cars dotting the parking lots of GM's Delta Township and Lansing Grand River assembly plants.

"They had a snowstorm in Canada, imagine that," said Brian Fredline, president of the Local UAW 602, which represents workers at LDT.

That storm, in turn, shut down operations at both Lansing-area plants -- Grand River for Tuesday and Wednesday, and Delta Township for most of the day Wednesday.

"The lean manufacturing initiatives make it so that we don't have any stockpile of parts in the plant," Fredline said Wednesday. "We have just-in-time delivery, and that means just-in-time. And when the parts aren't there, we don't build cars."

GM management tells News 10 Wednesday that plants in Flint and Fort Wayne, Ind., have also had work stoppages, calling it a "system-wide problem."

And that is of particular concern to the Lansing-area plants, which produce some of GM's most popular vehicles.

"Our vehicles are selling in high demand, and not just in North America, but our vehicles are selling in every region of the world," Fredline said.

But that is, in a way, good news for the workers here. Instead of losing pay, they'll likely have to pick up extra shifts to ensure production is on pace.

But with a shift for this Saturday already in discussions, union reps are worried the work stoppage could disrupt workers' plans for the holidays.

"We would just as soon that the supply chain stay strong," Fredline said, "and that we stay with regularly scheduled work hours."

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