The Stellantis UAW bid sought to sell its Auburn Hills headquarters and other locations

Stellantis NV, the maker of Jeep, is seeking the unilateral right to sell its headquarters and technical center in Auburn Hills, one of 18 facilities it has suggested it could sell or close as part of its latest bid to the United Auto Workers, according to two sources familiar with the information. .

The right to sell the automaker’s transatlantic North American headquarters that features Chrysler’s Pentastar logo does not mean the automaker is abandoning Auburn Hills, according to one source who requested anonymity without permission to speak publicly on the matter. But it will offer the company flexibility and options for the future of the 500-acre campus that includes laboratories, engineering facilities and design studios in a hybrid workplace. For example, they can sell the property and rent it back.

The proposal was included in Stellantis’ fourth counteroffer to the union Thursday evening before a strike was announced at the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator plant in Toledo, Ohio, along with Ford Motor Co.’s Bronco and Ranger plant in Wayne and General Motors Co. Wentzville’s midsize pickup and commercial truck manufacturer outside St. Louis.

Steven Summers, (left), 60, of Wayne, along with other UAW workers, try to block a semi-trailer from entering the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, and eventually let the truck pass.  Michigan Ford Association.  September 18, 2023, Wayne, Michigan.  (Clarence Tabb Jr./Detroit News)

The UAW represents salaried employees at its Auburn Hills headquarters. As a result, the union will have to approve a proposal that would allow Stellantis to sell the site that previously served as Chrysler LLC’s global headquarters.

In a statement issued late Monday, Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel said, “We are proud to be the home of Stellantis’ North American headquarters. As Stellantis stands as the largest employer in our thriving community, we recognize the importance of addressing the recent reports surrounding “By accident.” Closing 18 US facilities We have not yet received any indications or information indicating that Stellantis intends to close its headquarters in our city.

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