Tonawanda Pride Stickers Going on Corvettes Built Here

Stickers going on cars not long after strike against GM

Tom Puckett
November 12, 2019 - 4:00 am


Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) It's back to business at the GM Powertrain plant in Tonawanda shortly after a strike came to an end against the automaker. Now a local connection will be put on every engine of the new Corvette.

It wasn't too long UAW Local 774 members were among workers going on strike, and Local 774 president JR Baker gives his thanks to the community. "We've been thankful for the support during our adventure during the strike. It was a challenge for the members and to their families for the amount of time and effort put out there," says Baker. The local did not ratify the contract, although the union nationally did. "Everything in the contract, we felt there were some good things in there, some bad things. At the end of the day, the people spoke here. But we live to see another four years."

Now, the focus is building the engines for the new Corvettes, and each engine will have a sticker indicating it was made in Tonawanda. "We are embracing the challenge to have a produce we can feel strong enough to have our name on it. The members of Local 774 take pride in the work they do, and to go down in history with that is exciting," adds Baker. 

He says the workers take pride in all the work they do, not just the Corvette. "We work to make the best product, but to see our name on the engine, it's a great feeling to know you're a part of something you make and we pride in making engines, and this time, it goes a long way and we can always remember and see our name on the engine and know we were a part of the process," says Baker.


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