A strike at four Johnson Controls Inc. plants forced General Motors and DaimlerChrysler AG to stop production at four plants Wednesday.
More than 700 workers at Johnson Controls plants in Shreveport; Oklahoma City; Earth City, Mo.; and Northwood, Ohio, are on strike. Workers claim the supplier has unfair labor practices and has engaged in anti-union activities.
Here's what happened at the automakers' plants Wednesday.
Johnson Controls also supplies DaimlerChrysler's St. Louis North plant with door panels, but there have been no parts shortages there.
DaimlerChrysler would not speculate as to when it would be able to resume production.
GM's Shreveport plant makes the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma pickups. Its Oklahoma City operation makes the Chevy Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL sport-utilities. GM started producing the Trailblazer EXT and Envoy XL in February and sent the first vehicles to dealers two months ago.
"We will continue monitoring it on an hour-by-hour basis," said Dan Flores, GM spokesman. "We hope they get this resolved as soon as possible."
In the JCI strike, the UAW alleges that the supplier has failed to provide legally required information and has belittled and disciplined union supporters publicly. The union has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board.
Johnson Controls is negotiating with the UAW on initial contracts at two of the struck plants, and the two sides had planned to start talks at a third factory later this month. The Northwood, Ohio, plant has no official union representation.
The supplier said in a statement that the two sides made significant progress in labor contract negotiations under way as late as Tuesday night at some locations, and it was continuing to work toward a resolution.
Company spokesman Bill Dawson declined to address the union's specific allegations or the plants' production status, saying further information would be forthcoming.
"We have had manufacturing plants represented by UAW for many years," Johnson Controls said in a statement, "and in most cases we have been able to reach contract agreements promptly."
Johnson Controls ranks No. 3 on the Automotive News list of the top 150 original-equipment suppliers to North America with $8.4 billion in sales in 2001.