Corvette Plant UAW Votes No on Contract (2019)

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October 23, 2019 – The United Auto Workers Local 2164 in Bowling Green members at the Corvette plant voted NO on a tentative contract Wednesday, October 23, 2019.  They voted to continue their strike that reached its 38th day on Wednesday. 

LEX18 reported that “The contract from GM offers an $11,000 signing bonus. It also raises veteran workers pay 6% during the life of the contract.”

Corvette Plant UAW Votes No. So what does this mean for your new C8 Corvette?         

Road and Track had reported that “the strike has delayed the final run of C7 ‘Vettes, and until they’re completed, production of the new mid-engine C8 can’t begin.” 

There are still orders for the C7 to be filled.  The estimate is around 600 units. (We reported about the Last C7 – not yet built – that sold for $2.7 million at the Barrett-Jackson Auction for charity.)

Jack Bowers, the UAW president, said that after the last C7 is built, the Corvette plant will have to shut down for two weeks.  This will be to retool for the C8 mid-engine Corvette.

Once the new 2020 C8 Corvette production starts we would expect that the Corvette Plant tours would resume. You can click this link to see the updated information as to when the tours recommence.

General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky
General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky

The Courier Journal reports that there are almost 900 members.  “Of the workers who voted in Bowling Green, 393 chose the ratify option, while 487 opted to reject.”

The Corvette Plant UAW Voted NO, but we learn that this vote doesn’t mean the plan will be rejected completely.

They will count all the votes of the UAW nationwide. There are more than 50,000 UAW workers who cast their votes. It requires 50% of the total members “plus1” member to ratify.

The UAW International will release the official results after 4 p.m. ET  on Friday, October 25, 2019. We’ll be sure to update you!


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