Following a six-week-long targeted strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, the United Auto Workers (UAW) reached a tentative agreement on a new master contract with The Blue Oval in late October, which includes big investments on the automaker’s part. The deal was ratified a few weeks later, and FoMoCo notes that it plans to reduce inefficiencies within its operation to pay for the costly contract. However, Ford isn’t alone in that regard, as a few of its suppliers – including Webasto, Clarios, and Constellium – have also recently joined the union, too. Now, that list has grown to include another Blue Oval supplier as well – Antolin Interiors USA in Howell, Michigan.
After launching a union drive at the Antolin plant last October, around 400 workers ultimately voted in favor of the move to join UAW Local 163, Region 1A, making that transition official. The supplier makes instrument panels and door panels for a variety of automakers including Ford, Stellantis, and General Motors.
“Our organizing efforts at Antolin Howell have been successful. Our members chose to organize after many losses to the company,” said James Matheny, a materials worker. “We lose eight hours per week of our weekly total if we have a day off or even a holiday. Favoritism is rampant and policy is manipulated. We are now Union Brothers & Sisters. We can fight for a fair contract and work with the company, so we all succeed!”
“Workers at Antolin in Howell, Michigan expressed a desire for change in their workplace,” said UAW Local 163 President Al Byrd. “They called on UAW Local 163 for assistance. With Local 163’s help and Antolin’s hard work, Antolin won an election to get that change. UAW Local 163 is proud to welcome workers of Antolin Howell as new UAW members with recognition from the NLRB.”