Here’s why a UAW local leader, other strikers were arrested at a GM picket line

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Striking UAW members. Image credit: @MemphisLabor via Twitter

UAW picketers, including a local union president, were arrested at the picket lines in Spring Hill, Tennessee for trying to block a car hauler.



SPRING HILL, TN—On Wednesday, the Maury County Sheriff’s Office reportedly arrested five UAW strikers outside the General Motors plant in Spring Hill for a “traffic violation.”




According to a report by WSWS.org, on Wednesday, at least five GM workers were arrested on the picket line “for attempting to block a car-hauling truck from leaving the plant with new GM vehicles, presumably built before the strike started.”

The male arrested was later identified as UAW local president Tim Stannard.



The arrests occurred on the third day of a nationwide strike called by the United Auto Workers against General Motors.

During labor disputes, strikers blocking “ingress and egress” (entrances and exits) can be found to be engaging in unlawful strike activity.

As a result, picketers are generally instructed to keep moving while picketing across plant entranced.



If a picketer stops, it can be deemed blocking the ingress and egress. If it happens frequently, an employer like General Motors can sometimes get judges to issue injunctions limiting the amount of picketers who may be on a picket line.

Based on prior reports, General Motors has enough inventory to endure an 11-week strike.

According to WSWS.org, GM is already attempting to re-open at least some of its plants with non-striking workers at plants in Texas Missouri.

In a separate video posted to Facebook on Tuesday, UAW striker Heather Monoski filmed the picket line in Spring Hill when non-union car haulers were taking vehicles out of the plant.




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