Another blow to auto industry jobs in the U.S. will not reach the General Motors components plant in Rochester.
That's good news for the more than 900 hourly workers and close to 200 salaried workers led by the UAW Local 1097.
The Lexington Avenue facility delivers parts to GM's larger vehicle lines, including trucks. The auto giant announced it would shutter four plants that make sedans and smaller vehicles; inventory whose sales have been in decline.
“We will evaluate any impacts to local plants, but we do not expect any significant changes,” said Mary Anne Brown, General Motors plant communications manager.
Local 1097 president Dan Maloney knew his people were safe.
"[Our factory] makes zero content on the vehicles that are being built in those plants that are about to be idled or closed,” he said.
Maloney and UAW leadership remain angered by GM's plan to cut 14,000 jobs just 10 years after the union backed the public bailout of the auto industry.
"In return they've expanded in China and Mexico, while at the same time they're closing plants in America. That's wrong, and we'll do everything in our power to stop it,” he said.
The new round of GM plant closings already has Maloney thinking about 2019, when the Local 1097's next contract negotiations are planned and jobs on Lexington Avenue could be at stake.
"General Motors, if they're playing a game here, they're going down the wrong path," said Maloney, who adds that the union's man at the table for the next GM negotiations is from this region and focused on his Local's needs.
"He's very familiar with our operations, has a soft spot for Rochester and we're very hopeful to get that next generation of work that's going to keep us viable for many years to come."