Are production delays possible?
Now entering its 10th day, the strike initiated by General Motors' 50,000 factory employees across the US is causing the automaker to lose an estimated $50 million a day. Some estimates have that figure as high as $100 million. To pressure the United Auto Workers to make a deal, GM last week announced it will no longer pay for health insurance for striking workers. This means the UAW is now responsible for health benefits. Although progress is reportedly being made in negotiations between the two sides, a breakthrough has yet to happen. All the while, no new American-made GM vehicles are rolling off assembly lines but the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, at least so far, remains unaffected.
According to the Bowling Green Daily News, production remains on schedule to begin in the near future for the 2020 Corvette – as long as the strike comes to an end.
A local UAW official told the news outlet that production plans are still going forward for the C8 and, equally important, a second shift is still being added. The official stated that about 250 of the 400 workers set to be added to the Bowling Green plant's hourly workforce have already transferred into town from GM plants that were shut down elsewhere due to forced cutbacks. "They're transferring here, and some are on the picket line," the official said. "The plant's plan of having two shifts hasn't changed. Things are still going forward."
This statement was backed up by Bowling Green Assembly Plant Director Kai Spande. "We hope that matters will be settled as soon as possible," Spande said. "We cannot speculate on the length of the strike but can confirm that we continue to do valuable work to support a successful launch of the 2020 Corvette Stingray."
The good news, at least for the C8, is that deliveries are not set to get underway until sometime next year. The new 2020 Corvette convertible, for example, is not even scheduled to be officially unveiled until October 2. As long as the GM strike comes to an end in the near future, there's no cause for concern regarding C8 deliveries. Of course, things can change as long as there's no new long-term deal in place.