The members of UAW Local 1166 Kokomo are asking the company to provide them with a safe and comfortable place to work. Among their demands are for management to repair, replace and maintain the HVAC systems (something the company promised to do years ago), address other health and safety issues, provide clean uniforms like it does for workers at other plants, and fix some work rules.
“Stellantis claims it has no money to meet the basic needs of UAW Local 1166 members while, at the same time, it is making record profits and investing billions in a new battery plant across the street,” says UAW Vice President and Director of the Stellantis Department Cindy Estrada. “This strike represents UAW Local 1166 members telling Stellantis enough is enough.”
UAW President Ray Curry notes that “UAW members have made Stellantis their profits, yet the company is indifferent to the working conditions that Local 1166 members must endure.” “The working conditions at the Stellantis Kokomo Casting plant are unacceptable,” adds Region 2B Director Wayne Blanchard. “UAW Local 1166 members have been patient with the company, but now is the time for them to have a new local collective bargaining agreement that corrects these issues.”
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