TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Hundreds of union members and supporters gathered outside the North American International Auto Show on Detroit on Sunday. Their message: “Keep the fleet”.
UAW Local 12 members were joined by union members and supporters from Detroit and across the region to protest what they call the outsourcing of jobs.
Drivers, dispatchers, mechanics will all lose their jobs by the end of February when FCA closes the Toledo terminal on Hagman Road. Back in October, the union says without consulting the UAW, FCA announced it would outsource work from the Toledo Terminal facility.
Drivers from the terminal pick up auto parts made around the region and deliver them to Jeep workers in Toledo who put them in vehicles made here.
A union representative says 16 people have been laid off and more layoffs are scheduled. The union says they’re concerned that if the company can bring in outside drivers to drive their trucks, they could potentially outsource other jobs from the plant.
Union members say they want the chance to fight for their jobs. They’re asking Fiat-Chrysler to sit down and bargain so they have a chance to continue to transport freight for the company. FCA maintains that it has been discussing the changes at the Toledo Terminal with the UAW for more than two years.
FCA spokesperson, Jodi Tinson, sent 13abc this statement from the company, which reads in full: “FCA US respects the rights of Local 12 to rally in support of their members, but maintains our position that we have been discussing the Toledo Terminal wind down with UAW leadership for over two years. As has been previously communicated, it is the intention of FCA US to find employment opportunities for all impacted Toledo FCA Transport employees. There will be no loss of jobs with this action. The Toledo Assembly Complex continues to add hundreds of new jobs to support Wrangler production and future production of the all-new Jeep truck.”