UAW Pickets American Axle Scab Hiring
The American Axle strike got confrontational today, as UAW workers picketed an AA replacement-hire orientation in Kalamazoo. MLive.com reports that some 20 striking workers picketed a hotel where testing sessions were taking place, shouting "Unfair Labor Practices!" and other niceties at potential scabs. The company says that they're creating an applicant pool in preparation for forthcoming buyout offers, but spokesfolks won't deny that the new workers could replace strikers. "(AA) seem to be more concerned with pushing through new workers," said Kevin Bushouse, an executive board member of the Three Rivers local union. "We'd rather see them negotiate with us, settle with us." AA has received "thousands of applications" since it advertised for replacement labor, and will continue holding testing until Friday. Meanwhile, a UAW "informational picket" will continue in Detroit where UAW-AA talks are said to be improving.