UAW workers at a Ford-supplying plant in suburban Detroit began striking Wednesday after nine failed negotiation meetings. The Constellium Automotive plant produces aluminum structures and crash management systems for the Ford F-150, F-150 Lightning, Explorer and Super Duty at six assembly plants.
The 160 workers on strike are concerned about health and safety issues at the plant and management's disciplinary practices, according to a UAW statement. The union said they have filed unfair labor practice charges against the company for bad-faith bargaining.
"Our negotiating team has met with the company nine times since April 18," UAW Region 1A Director Laura Dickerson said in a statement. "And on every single occasion, Constellium has made it very clear they have zero interest in taking our members' proposals seriously."
A spokesperson for Constellium said negotiations should resume soon. "We do not anticipate any disruption to our production and will work closely with our customers to ensure continuity of operations. Negotiations are resuming this week and our goal is to reach a mutually beneficial agreement."
The plant is in Van Buren, Mich., just west of Detroit. Constellium, of Paris, France, ranks No. 84 on Automotive News' list of the top 100 global parts suppliers, with estimated worldwide sales to automakers of $1.9 billion in its 2021 fiscal year.