A white Chevrolet Traverse will be placed on a hoist on Saturday, March 30, 2019, to be displayed by General Motors at Comerica Park, Detroit, replacing the controversial red blazer in front of the crossbar. (Photo: Randy Essex / Detroit Free Press)
In a discrete move on Saturday, General Motors quietly lowered his new red Chevrolet Blazer from 2019 from its place in the center of Comerica Park and replaced it with one in the USA manufactured Chevrolet Traverse SUV in white.
Some UAW workers had taken the blazer as an insult to them as GM builds the SUV in Mexico. The truss is being built at GM's Lansing Delta Township plant in Lansing.
"It's very uncomfortable for people," said a UAW employee at a GM plant in Detroit. He asked not to use his name because he was not authorized to speak for the UAW. "We did trips to Tigers games, I do not know if that's going to change or not, depending on whether the product is on the brand, we're very proud."
GM has been putting its cars on the Chevrolet Fountain for 10 years. However, the election of a foreign-built building has been worrying for union members as the union negotiates a new contract and refuses to prevent GM from closing four US factories.
On March 26, GM raised a red 2019 Chevy Blazer SUV and a silver Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup from 2019 on the Chevrolet Well, representing the final years of the Colorado ZR2 and the traverse Replacing SUVs Detroit was lowered onto the road on Saturday, March 31, 2019 and replaced on display. The blazer, due to be assembled in Mexico, sparked controversy after GM had idled five North American factories. "width =" 180 "data-mycapture-src =" https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/03/30/PDTF/f0f53da5-a76f-449a-a389-7cbf2d43abee-Blazer_comes_down.jpg "data -mycapture-sm-src = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/03/30/PDTF/f0f53da5-a76f-449a-a389-7cbf2d43abee-Blazer_comes_down.jpg?width=341&height=400" /> Buy Photo
A Chevrolet Blazer deployed at this year's General Motors Fountain Display at Detroit's Comerica Park was lowered onto the road on Saturday, March 31, 2019 and replaced on the display to mount in Mexico has sparked controversy after GM had idled five North American factories. (Photo: Randy Essex / Detroit Free Press)
The Silverado is as American as the apple pie in Fort Wayne , Indiana: On Saturday, GM replaced the silver pickup with a red one, GM spokesman Jim Cain said to supplement the white crossbar.
GM mounted the new blazer at his plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico – a sore spot for the UAW, which had brought the vehicle to an American factory.
"It's an interesting choice," said labor expert Kristin Dziczek about GM's decision to assemble the blazer at Comerica. "It's a new vehicle, and GM's trying to get a lot of attention."
GM defended his move last week and said, "American workers contribute more to the Chevy Blazer than anyone else," Cain said at the time. "It's pumping more than $ 500 billion into the US manufacturing industry and supporting thousands jobs in the US. "
And Comerica offers a lot of commitment to Chevrolet's baseball season, which starts on April 4 and runs through September, said Dziczek, Vice President of Industry, Labor & Economics at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor.
"Comerica means the blazer will be on TV every time the tigers are on TV," said Dziczek. "But it's a very polarizing vehicle with the UAW and Canadian auto workers – it's just marketing, work relations and strategy that do not really mix – it all happens at a very interesting time."
In the Baseball Season This year, negotiations between the Detroit 3 automakers and the UAW overlap. The current four-year trade union contract expires at midnight on September 13, 2019.
With the blazer appearing above the Comerica crowd, which often includes UAW workers, this would be a reminder of Mexican production and the closure of US plants have been. For this reason, GM decided in part to replace it.
"We want people to enjoy baseball without distractions, so we'll replace the Chevrolet Blazer with a Chevrolet Traverse on the Comerica Fountain," Cain said. "American workers make a significant contribution to the success of the Chevrolet Blazer, which generates more than half a billion dollars a year for the US manufacturing industry and helps support thousands of well-paid jobs in the US."
In November 2018, GM said it would shut down five plants in North America this year and early next year, affecting approximately 6,200 jobs. GM said the cuts are part of the restructuring, which included the downsizing of 8,000 employees, and will save $ 2.5 billion this year. The idling power plants used to build sedans, and sales plummeted as consumers shifted to buying SUVs and pickups.
Two of these power plants are located in Michigan: Detroit-Hamtramck, which will cease production in January 2020, and Warren Transmission. idle this year. Another is Oshawa in Ontario, which built the outgoing model of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS.
"In Detroit and Windsor, this exposure of the blazer may not be that positive," said Dziczek. "I do not think GM made it antagonistic, it's a new vehicle they want to sell."
GM's Cain said the various engine options in the Blazer are offered in US plants.
The 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines are manufactured At GM's Tonawanda plant in Buffalo, New York, the 3.6-liter V-6 engine is manufactured in Romulus Powertrain, in a total of 2,700 people work.
GM has three plants in Mexico, employing about 2,800 people at the Ramos Arizpe plant, but Cain said the blazer actually supports more jobs in the US when it counts how GM bought parts from US suppliers and the designers and engineers working on the Blazer in Detroit.
"More than half of the blazer parts come from the US and Canada, just over 20 percent come from Mexico," said Cain. "We have 168 US suppliers, 70 of them in Michigan. The total amount we receive from these suppliers is $ 500 million for the blazer. "
The decision to build the blazer in Mexico was made three or four years ago, Cain, because the US factories were then [c] "The capacity at the Mexican plant opened as we relocated production of the Cadillac SRX SUV to Spring Hill (Tenn.) in 2016," said Cain Cadillac XT5 replacing the SRX in 2017 and is still being assembled at GM's Spring Hill facility.
The blazer, which starts at $ 28,800, is currently being sold in limited quantities as GM pushes production they were sold for the first quarter, Cain said
It is complicated
The official position of the trade unions regarding the presence of the blazer in Comerica Park is murky and complicated.
A spokesman for the union of Canada, Unifor, declined; Commenting on the Comerica Park display Unifor makes no public comments on GM in the talks on the future of the Oshawa plant.
The UAW had no prepared comments on GM's ad when asked last week. A request seeking a comment on Saturday was not answered by the press.
GM last made the Blazer in 2005. The new looks completely different and is aimed at a younger audience. It's bigger than an Equinox, but smaller than a Traverse.
In June 2018, GM said it would build this hot new SUV in Mexico. There, labor costs are significantly lower than in the United States, and GM's Ramos plant already builds the Chevrolet Equinox SUV to equip the larger vehicles.
However, it is difficult for the UAW to take a stance as some parts of the blazer are assembled by trade unionists in the United States into GM engine plants. The leadership of the UAW, however, is tougher than in the past. In July, GM's decision to build the blazer in Mexico was blown up when US auto workers were unemployed.
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"GM employs over 15,000 production workers in Mexico, paying the worker less than three Dollars per hour and exports over 80 percent of the vehicles to the US to sell here, "said GM Vice President Terry Dittes in July. "It all happens while UAW GM workers are released here in the US."
Last week, GM insisted the blazer was the right car to decorate the Chevrolet fountain at Comerica Park.
Well-paid jobs in the US are linked to the construction of this vehicle. I think most people who have all the facts would understand that this is an important vehicle for the American economy and the Chevrolet Fountain is a great platform for presentation. "Cain." If the Chevy Blazer is as successful as we think, everyone will win. "
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