Tensions are rising as a United Auto Workers official says about seven to nine union picketers were arrested for blocking a roadway at a GM plant in Tennessee.
The arrests came Wednesday at the Spring Hill plant, according to Local UAW Chairman Mike Herron.
Authorities asked the protesters to get away from the road.
Herron said the arrest warrants that they were sent to the sheriff's department.
He said arrests
Meanwhile, the strike by 49,000 United Auto Workers [1
Company spokesman Dan Flores confirms the strike has forced GM to place about 1,200 workers on a temporary layoff at a Canadian factory that makes pickup trucks.
The plant in Oshawa, Ontario, near Toronto makes th Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups.
The Silverado is GM's top-selling vehicle in the US
The plant makes the Chevrolet Impala large car, and that production has not been affected. [19659002FloressaysproductioncontinuesattwootherplantswhichmakeenginesandtheChevroletEquinoxSUV
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He says things short on the strike have not affected production in Mexico.
The Associated Press has contributed to this article.