American Axle’s UAW Workers Reject Agreement.


Workers at American Axle’s gear plant in Cheektowaga, N.Y., have rejected a labor contract, the UAW said today.  According to the UAW, negotiations broke down July 31 when UAW members voted 98 percent in favor of rejecting American Axle’s final proposal.  Since then, there has been no progress, the UAW said today. “This is an indication that hard-working people are sick of constantly helping companies through concessions,” UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said in a statement. “Although we are disappointed by the company’s actions, our members are still ready to negotiate a livable wage, job security and a contract.”

“This is an indication that hard-working people are sick of constantly helping companies through concessions,” UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said in a statement. “Although we are disappointed by the company’s actions, our members are still ready to negotiate a livable wage, job security and a contract.”
Detroit-based American Axle said in June it would close its signature Detroit plant near the company’s headquarters at Holbrook and I-75, where it employs about 300 workers.
American Axle has said it needed to reach “market competitive” labor costs at both plants to keep them open. The UAW disputes American Axle’s definition of “competitive” and says its members were willing to agree concessions, but not to the extent requested by the company.

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Posted on August 18, 2011, in Labor Relations. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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