A strike by the truck drivers who deliver new cars to the nation's dealerships likely wouldn't have much initial impact because many dealers already are sitting on high inventories, built up in anticipation of the traditional spring selling season.
But contingency plans are in place at the Big 3 to ensure the smooth flow of vehicles from the factory if a strike is called.
The 9,000 Teamsters members who transport new vehicles from factories, ports and railheads to dealerships have voted to strike Saturday, May 31, if a new contract agreement is not reached. The union is seeking wage increases and better pension and health care benefits.
General Motors was hit when the Teamsters struck Ryder Automotive Carrier Group Inc. in 1995, the last car haulers' strike. At that time, GM offered its dealers $100 for every vehicle they picked up at distribution centers.