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Fort Wayne Business Forced to Announce Layoffs Amid Strike Fallout

Ash Jurberg

Fort Wayne Company Temporarily Cuts Jobs Due to Strike Consequences

The fallout from the United Auto Workers strike continues.

Two weeks ago, 13,000 autoworkers across Ford and GM plants walked off the job in a targeted strike as their contracts ended.

Soon after, car giant Ford announced 600 temporary layoffs due to the dispute.

"This is not a lockout. This layoff is a consequence of the strike at Michigan Assembly Plant's final assembly and paint departments, because the components built by these 600 employees use materials that must be e-coated for protection. E-coating is completed in the paint department, which is on strike." Ford statement."

Layoffs at GM followed this.

"We have said repeatedly that nobody wins in a strike, and that effects go well beyond our employees on the plant floor and negatively impact our customers, suppliers and the communities where we do business." GM statement

Fort Wayne business impacted

The fallout is extending to other businesses, with several businesses announcing layoffs.

DANA, an auto parts maker that supplies parts to the big three car manufacturers, is laying off 240 staff in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The layoffs are temporary and will last until the strike ends.

President Joe Biden has offered support to striking UAW union members at the Big 3 U.S. automakers. Today, he visited a picket line, telling members, "You deserve the significant raise you need."

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Do you think the strike should lead to layoffs? Who do you side with in this dispute? Do you feel it is fair for other businesses to lay off staff?

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