EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The strike against General Motors has entered its second week. Thousands of United Auto Workers are protesting GM to get fair wages, affordable healthcare, and job security.
There has been some progress reported in negotiations, but there’s still no clear end in sight.
Bargainers met all weekend and returned to talks Monday morning as the strike entered its eighth day.
Workers walked off their jobs early on September 16th – paralyzing production at about 30 manufacturing sites in nine states.
And that strike is having a trickle down effect here the Tri-State.
As we reported Friday, one Evansville manufacturer was considering layoffs. Those layoffs have reportedly become reality at Fisher Dynamics.
It’s located on Saint George Road in northern Vanderburgh County.
And workers there tell us those layoffs started Sunday night.
About 400 people worked at Fisher Dynamics in Evansville.
Some of those employees tell Eyewitness News, 90% of the company’s workers have received notice that layoffs would be taking effect immediately.
Fisher Dynamics makes seats and seat components for General Motors.
Employees have told us since the strike against GM started, Fisher Dynamics has no place to ship its finished products to.
We’re told the inventory there has started piling up in the factory to the point that there’s no place to put anything else.
We’ve reached out to Fisher Dynamics on several occasions, but our calls have not been returned.
Fisher Dynamics is not the only GM supplier in the Tri-State.
So far, there are no reports of any mass layoffs at any of the other facilities.
(This story was originally published on September 23, 2019)