It's time to count the costs of the UAW strike — not the costs paid out to settle new labor contracts, but costs for the supply base.
Industry consultants with Harbour Results Inc. estimated 11,000 people in the auto industry were laid off during the six-week strike — beyond the 45,600 UAW members that went on strike. The Anderson Economic Group said the strike had cost the economy about $2.8 billion in lost supplier wages and earnings, our sister paper Automotive News reported.
The Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association said in an Oct. 31 statement that "financial concerns over the smaller and lower-tiered" companies in the supply chain will continue to be a "significant issue" for the industry even as struck assembly plants ramp back up.
"The longer-term implication for suppliers is that this unfortunately is probably going to mean some suppliers probably aren't going to make it through," said Harbour Results CEO Laurie Harbour during an Oct. 31 webinar. "Even though we ended the strike, there is tremendous vulnerability in the supply chain."