UAW Local 598 Alternate Committee Rep Will McIntosh (center left) and Alternate Committee rep Stanley Dulaney throw their hands in the air as they celebrate outside Flint Assembly after UAW ratified its contract with General Motors marking the end of the strike Friday 25. October 2019. (Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)
General Motors has fired three UAW workers at Flint Assembly Plant for threats of violence during strikes, as well as acts of violence.
Approximately 46,000 UAW members embarked on a nationwide six-week strike beginning September 16 and and ending with ratification of a four-year contract on October 25.
A person familiar with the layoffs said they involved either making threats or actually committing acts of violence while on the fence line during the strike. The three people were fired from the Flint Assembly this weekend, this person said.
"It involves bombing threats and threats of actual violence done on the line," the person said. "The violence on the picket line itself has to do with a broken windshield. It is a clear violation of the company's policy."
GM builds its powerful GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickups at Flint Assembly.
In a statement in the media on Monday, GM said: "We can confirm that the employees have been dismissed from Flint Assembly for violating the company's policy. Our team members play a critical role in our success and the new four-year contract recognizes When we start over, we continue as one team and stay focused on our safety priorities and build high-quality vehicles for our customers. "
A UAW spokesman said that all questions will be addressed through local UAW leaders and "our contract complaint process, which applied during the work stoppage. "
According to two workers at Flint Assembly, one of the workers who left posted on social media earlier this month," General Motors sneaks in crusts to run the body shop. Need all the people out there to stop them. Bring ball bats, numb chickens (sic) and sticks. It is time to increase this. It's time to get some national headlines coverage and hit the tables at Mary Barra. Be there and bring a friend. "
As for the actual violence, one of the Flint workers said there were" a couple of fights "on the fence line, but he did not know the details.
" Our board chairman put on our Local 598 app that the people who was dismissed has been notified and the union is working with them to file a complaint. You have to file a complaint because that's how you get your job back, "the worker said.
The chairman of Local 598, which represents about 4,800 workers per hour on Flint, was not immediately available for comment.
During the strike, GM's Spring Hill Assembly facility also faces some problems with the fence line, including criminal charges in an incident involving a broken windshield, and GM declined to comment on whether it will take more action against union workers who violated company policy.
Maury County sheriff's deputies in Tennessee, nine protesters also arrested in a separate incident Sept. 18 when they refused to stop blocking an entrance to the facility.  GM received a court order to restrict picketer's actions in Spring Hill.
"After dialogue failed To stop the incidents of harassment, violence and vandalism by a few people, we had to take the necessary measures to protect all involved , "GM said at the time.
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At Spring Hill, GM also builds the 6.2L V8 engine that drives the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade SUVs full size; as well as the all-new Cadillac 2.0L T, 2020 GMC Acadia 2.0 L T and Chevrolet and GMC 2.7.
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