Yesterday, some 3,200 UAW-represented workers at Nexteer Automotive Group’s plant in Saginaw, Michigan held a strike in protest of a rejected contract proposal. Nexteer Automotive, formerly Delphi Steering, supplies driveline and steering components to numerous global automakers – including Ford Motor Company.
Happily, however, Ford was utterly unaffected by the UAW strike in Saginaw. The automaker said in an official statement that Nexteer Automotive Group’s Saginaw facility “does not directly support any Ford operations in North America.” A longer strike, taking place at one or more other Nexteer Automotive facilities, might have had more of an impact on Ford.
Reuters reports that the strike at Nexteer Automotive Group’s Saginaw facility ended late on Tuesday, after the supplier reached a new, tentative contract agreement with the United Auto Workers Union. The previous contract proposal was voted down by a wide margin, with 3,103 “No” votes to just 80 “Yes.”