A General Motors SUV plant was idled today because of a parts shortage, a union official said.
Enrique Flores Jr., president of UAW Local 276, which represents workers at the Arlington, Texas, plant, said GM informed the union this week that it would cancel two 10-hour overtime shifts that had been scheduled for today.
The plant makes the Chevrolet Tahoe, the GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade.
"All we were told was that it was a parts shortage. We didn't get the name of the part or the source," Flores said.
Flores said the plant operates two scheduled, 10-hour shifts Monday through Thursday, but for more than a year has routinely worked two overtime shifts on Friday.
GM spokeswoman Donna McLallen said the Friday shifts would be "rescheduled" but declined to provide a makeup date. She wouldn't say why the Friday shifts won't happen as planned.
"We continually monitor the market," she said. "Sometimes production is changed based on a number of factors."
Flores and McLallen said the plant will operate on Monday as planned.
GM and other domestic automakers have avoided major production problems because of parts shortages stemming from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
This week, Chrysler Group canceled overtime shifts in Brampton, Ontario, and Toluca, Mexico, because of parts shortages. Brampton builds the Chrysler 300 and 300C, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and Lancia Thelma. Toluca makes the Dodge Journey, Fiat 500 and Fiat Freemont.
Supply troubles also idled Ford Motor Co.'s Kentucky Truck plant this week. It builds the F-series Super Duty pickups and Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.
Last month, GM idled its Shreveport, La., plant, which makes small pickups, for a week because of an undisclosed parts shortage.