Members of the United Auto Workers Local 1311 went on strike on Sept. 9, their first since 1988, and now, they don’t know if they still have a job.
Union President Jim Hall said bad news came on Friday afternoon when the union’s international representative received a memo from the company.
Overnight into Monday morning, Hall says more than 100 replacement employees filed into the plant, and security outside the plant quadrupled.
According to Hall, the strike isn’t over pay but instead seniority, meaning that workers can bid for jobs when schedule changes come around.
He says the company was working to reduce its reported more than $400,000 of training costs by restricting what jobs employees can work.
Now getting involved in the situation are local officials, including State Representative Jason Ortitay, who made an unsuccessful stop at the plant on Monday.
In the meantime, union members will receive a strike fund check and medical benefits — all paid for by the union.
The plan moving forward: many union workers say they will continue to hit the picket lines with the hopes that the dispute can be solved.