CLEVELAND — Here in the Greater Cleveland Area, no current UAW Chapters are on strike, but the conditions that brought workers to strike in the first place are very much felt according to UAW members in the region.
"More important than just our own wants, its something we need. Like none of us can get by on what we're making right now so, y
ou got to stand up and fight. It's bigger than just the UAW at this point I think," UAW member James Roy said.
That perspective from just one of the many UAW members on strike outside the Toledo Stellantis Plant, one of the three plants currently striking against the big three automakers in the United States.
Questions now arise for how consumers could be impacted, that's where we consult Lou Vitantonio with the Greater Cleveland Automotive Dealers Association.
"In the dealerships locally in our market right now, it's minimal, we still have vehicles, those vehicles are coming off the line, and they're being delivered," Vitantonio said.
The bigger question is what would happen to dealers and consumers looking to purchase and sell cars if this strike lasts for an extended period of time.
"We have to make sure that the cars that are ready to be sold that are sitting can be delivered, and there is some availability locally for dealers to pick them up at the plant," Vitantonio said.
They are ready, for now, when it comes to parts as well, according to Vitantonio.
"A lot of dealers have been stocking up on parts because they want to maintain their service business at the same time taking care of people's cars that break down and need warranty work," Vitantonio said.