fbpx
Friday, 05 February 2021 19:21

GM to Idle 3 Plants in North America Due to Semiconductor Shortage

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press
GM employees work on the assembly line April 26, 2019, at Fairfax Assembly & Stamping Plant in Kansas City, KS. GM employees work on the assembly line April 26, 2019, at Fairfax Assembly & Stamping Plant in Kansas City, KS. Jim Barcus for GM

Index

...supplemental pay and unemployment that pays 75% to 80% of salary and continued benefits.

 

"However, the UAW is working with employers to minimize the impact on auto manufacturing production as much as possible," Rothenberg said.

 

GM said union workers at CAMI, represented by Unifor, will be paid through the provisions of their labor agreements, noting that represented seniority employees will receive about 75% of their compensation through a combination of unemployment and supplemental benefits.

 

Protect pickups and SUVs

 

Demand for semiconductor use is up in part because of the coronavirus pandemic and an increase of laptop computers, which use the semiconductor chips. Cars also use them in a variety of parts and infotainment systems. 

 

The union said if the parts were made in America, the industry would have "more ability to respond to these demand issues," Rothenberg said. He added the UAW is calling on the government to develop trade and policy solutions to bring advanced technology production back to the U.S. 

 

GM's Barnas said semiconductor supply for the global auto industry remains very fluid and its supply chain organization is "working closely with our supply base to find solutions for our suppliers’ semiconductor requirements and to mitigate impacts on GM."

 

GM is assessing the overall impact to production and Barnas declined to provide an estimated production impact from the planned plant closures.

 

"Our focus is to keep producing our most in-demand products---including full-size trucks and SUVs and Corvettes---for our customers," Barnas said.
 
GM builds its heavy-duty, full-size pickups at Flint Assembly Plant and its light-duty, full-size pickups at the Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Indiana. It builds its midsize pickups at...


Read 4099 times