Constellium and the UAW returned to the bargaining table Thursday, strike coordinator Michael Shumaker told Automotive News. About 160 members of UAW Local 174 began striking Wednesday at the Constellium plant in suburban Detroit that supplies aluminum components to Ford.
Workers are concerned about frequent oil spills and other safety issues in the plant as well as pay raises that have not kept up with the cost of living, Michael Murray, a 10-year employee, told Automotive News.
"There's a lot of safety concerns inside and we have outwardly brought it to their attention and they fail to fix it. We've had people falling and hurting themselves," Murray said.
The contract was originally set to expire May 13. The UAW extended it through May 16 before striking May 17. The UAW wanted to negotiate during that extension but were not able to schedule a meeting with the company, Shumaker said.
A spokeperson for Constellium did not respond to a request for comment.