Mar 4, 2013
Determined workers from Chrysler’s Warren Stamping plant organized a spirited protest outside their Mound Road factory on February 28.
Despite icy winds and freezing temperatures, a few dozen Warren Stamping workers along with workers from three other Chrysler factories – Sterling Heights Stamping, Jefferson Assembly, and Warren Truck – expressed their opposition to new work schedules. Many other Chrysler workers blasted their horns in loud shows of support as they drove by.
The “Awful [Alternate] Work Schedules” (AWS) will have a harsh impact on workers’ family lives and health.
Top UAW leaders and the Chrysler Corporation teamed up to implement the AWS which will mean a workday stretched to 10½ hours, four days a week, without any overtime pay. With this schedule, the company gets maximum production for minimum overtime cost.
While the hated schedules still will start in March, workers’ morale was lifted by a chance to make an irreverent and public show of opposition.