Last fall, United Auto Workers union members went on strike at General Motors plants. According to the New York Times, GM lost an estimated $1.75 billion as a result of the strike. It also affected local communities around production plants, companies reliant on the auto industry, and, fleet end users.
As a result of lost production, GM has had to cancel some orders for the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV.
“With the strike, we lost 40 days of production. Now that the plant is running again, they have increased the production run rate to recoup as much lost production as possible. However, with the impending changeover to the all-new Tahoe in the second quarter, the reality is we will not be able to recoup all of that production,” Monte Doran, manager, Chevrolet truck communications, told Government Fleet.
The Chevrolet Tahoe is produced at GM’s Arlington, Texas plant. Doran noted that production impacts are the same for the retail and PPV versions of the Tahoe, as they are produced concurrently on the same line.
“The team and our dealers have been working with affected customers on a case-by-case basis, to see what can be done to address their needs,” Doran said.
After the strike ended, Navistar announced the UAW strike affected its ability to deliver about 5,000 vehicles to customers. The strike at GM affected the delivery of certain components to Navistar’s Springfield, Ohio, truck assembly plant, and the company was forced to halt production at the plant, affecting production for Chevrolet and GMC’s G Series vans and Navistar’s own commercial trucks.