GM Strike Impact

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GM Strike Impact

Although the longest auto workers' strike in fifty years is over, it's impact is still being felt by auto shops across the country -- including joplin and pittsburg.


GM Strike Impact

Although the longest auto workers' strike in fifty years is over, it's impact is still being felt by auto shops across the country -- including joplin and pittsburg.

The strike cost general motors nearly two billion dollars in production and employees nearly one billion dollars in wages.

Koam's kate kelley shares more on what it's costing the consumer ---with backlogged parts.

John elliot has been in the car business for years and he loves what he sells--- "i've been a fan of general motors since 1982."

---but the strike organized by the united auto workers union certainly took its toll.

"this last strike was probably the longest strike that i've experienced.

I think it went on just right at 6 weeks.

With nearly 48,000 gm employees refusing to work, the dealership saw fewer cars coming in.

"our sales didn't really have a decline, if anything, we kinda had a little bit of a boost because of the strike, they wanted to support it."

While sales have been up, the demand for gm parts has been higher as body shops are running into the same problem everywhere.

"we've been having to reschedule because it's difficult to get parts for them."

"probably the longest one, last week, from getting all the parts, it had been in here for 8 weeks."

"talked to the dealership, they told me the parts supply chain is backed up.

All of a sudden, the strike is over, all these parts are being produced and now there's so many trucks of parts going to the depots that they don't have the time to get them loaded on the shelves so that they can get them loaded back out and sent to the places they need to be."

Not only is it an inconvenience for customers, it's costing shops time and money.

"that's a loss of income for us.

We have a bay that's tied up that we couldn't bring in and work on, about $5,000 on one bay in 27 days."

Still, gm is on the road to recovery---and things should be back to normal in a few more weeks.

"i will probably always be a loyal customer."

In joplin, kate kelley, koam news.

Jordan: gm workers won pay raises and factory investments---however, union negotiators were unable to get gm to move car production from mexico to a shuttered factory in ohio.

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