Mitsubishi UAW Workers Headed for Strikesville?

Cammy Corrigan
by Cammy Corrigan
mitsubishi uaw workers headed for strikesville

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the factory… As per normal, a contract is running out on an auto manufacturer and the UAW are planning on striking. But what makes this story unusual is that Detroit aren’t the auto maker in question. Mitsubishi are. Workers at Mitsubishi Motors’ only North American plant in Normal, Illinois, were instructed to pick up their picket times at the union headquarters, whilst negotiations were continuing. If an agreement is not reached by 23:59 on Friday, then, the strike will commence. Curiously, the union are playing their cards cautiously. Union bargaining chairman, Fred Morisette “couldn’t comment on negotations” and last month, the union held a strike authorisation vote, but hasn’t made the outcome of that vote public knowledge. 4 models are in jeopardy, the Eclipse, Endeavor, Galant and Spyder. But there’s little cause for concern. In August 2008, Mitsubishi Motors posted a 29.3% drop in sales (9200 units compared to 13020 units in August 2007). So they need to ramp down production little, don’t they?

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  • Nick Nick on Sep 05, 2008
    Suzuki’s part-owned (with GM) CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario is another factory which is in mortal danger of not being viable. Builds only SUV’s. CUVs in today's parlance. The XL7 and that ilk.
  • Kjc117 Kjc117 on Sep 05, 2008

    Even though Mistus's sales are down the UAW is their biggest problem for their plant. If they were not union they could have JV with other Japanese's OEM like Toyota and Subaru at SIA. The best option for Mistu is shut down the plant and sell it to the Indian's or Commie Chinese.

  • Theodore Theodore on Sep 05, 2008

    If a carmaker leaves a market and no one notices, does it make a sound?

  • Ppellico Ppellico on Sep 06, 2008

    I can hear coming from the board room now... "Oh NO! Don't throw me in the Briar Patch!"