UAW to hold strike vote at GM's Corvette plant

G. Chambers Williams III, The Tennessean
4:31 p.m. CDT April 7, 2014

Problems simmering inside the General Motors plant in Bowling Green, Ky., have prompted the United Auto Workers to schedule a strike vote on Tuesday, although the action might not lead to a work stoppage right away, union officials said.

"Our people are being mistreated, and there is inequity in discipline and problems with quality and safety that aren't being addressed by management," said Eldon Renaud, president of Local 2164, which represents the plant's 800 assembly workers. "Our members are tired of it."

The plant has been the exclusive assembly site for the Chevrolet Corvette since 1981, and was retooled last year to produce the redesigned, seventh-generation model of the sports car.

Renaud said rank-and-file workers are hoping that a new plant manager who took over in March might make the changes necessary to appease the workers.

Jeff Lamarche replaced Dave Tatman as plant manager on March 1. Tatman had been in charge of the plant since August 2010, and had overseen construction of a body shop and other facilities over the past couple of years in preparation for production of the new Corvette Stingray.

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