2,000 workers at Mobis and Kuka now eligible for strike pay

Published: Sep. 18, 2023 at 6:30 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2023 at 2:45 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Monday marked Day 4 of the strike against Stellantis outside the Toledo North Assembly Plant, and 6,000 Jeep workers are on strike. An additional 2,000 workers from Mobis and Kuka are now elligible for strike pay as well, though they can’t join the picket lines.

Those two plants are attached to the assembly line inside the Toledo Supplier Park. Employees of both Mobis and Kuka are also members of UAW Local 12.

“Our international union decided they would get strike pay because they’re part of our assembly process,” said Bruce Baumhower, President of UAW Local 12.

At the union hall on Ashland, members spent the day Monday signing up employees of Mobis and Kuka for strike pay. Baumhower explains there are even more suppliers that have idled their lines and laid off workers, but those employees are now on unemployment.

“Yeah, we have 8 or 10 other companies that are outside the Jeep footprint that directly supply us, and we’re the only plant that they do supply. So, you know, a company like Adient, who makes our seats out of Northwood, Ohio, now they’re laid off, so they would be eligible for unemployment,” said Baumhower.

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