CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The United Auto Workers says General Motors has violated an agreement between the union and the company. It’s now taking the automaker to court.
Now that the Lordstown GM Plant is shuttering, employees with seniority there are supposed to be able to transfer to other General Motors plants. The agreement is spelled out in a 700-plus page document.
The problem is, the UAW says General Motors is using temporary workers instead. The union has now filed a formal complaint.
The complaint says about 1,000 employees with seniority, including nearly 700 from the Lordstown plant, applied to transfer to other General Motors plants, including one in Fort Wayne, Ind. where temporary workers are being used.
The UAW says in the complaint it did approve the use of temporary workers to help launch a new pickup truck, but that agreement was until August of last year.
General Motors, according to the complaint, asked the UAW to extend that agreement through February of 2019, but the union said “no" now that it has hundreds of senior level workers who can be transferred.
The UAW is asking the court to declare General Motors in breach of contract and order them to stop using those temporary workers.