As GM (General Motors) plans to trim about 6,000 hourly jobs and close five plants in North America, it surfaces the first of possibly many battles with the UAW (United Automobile Workers). Recently, the UAW applied a court case in U.S. District Court in Northern Ohio in opposition to GM, alleging infringement of the labor agreement concerning union members at GM’s Ohio, assembly plant, where GM produces the Chevrolet Cruze. Ohio is one of 3 vehicle assembly plants that GM plans to shut in this year.
Terry Dittes—UAW Vice President—said, “The UAW members conferred a binding concord and we expect GM to pursue the contract they settled to and GM members validated.” Reportedly, Dittes is also the director of the UAW’s GM Department. The contract needs GM to shift union members with superiority to unlock jobs at other plants. But, the lawsuit claims, GM is evading the contract by using provisional employees at its factory in Indiana, alternatively seniority union members. That restricts the number of job openings available to transfers. The UAW stated there are almost 1,000 senior employees on layoff across the nation, counting 690 employees laid off at the Ohio plant. Many have applied to relocate to openings at GM’s Indiana where GM manufactures the new 2019 GMC Sierra pickups and Chevrolet Silverado.
Lately, GM was also in news as the automobile manufacturer appointed Mark Reuss as its new president for electric and driverless future. Reportedly, GM is promoting its ex-global product chief—Mark Reuss—to the role of president, gripping the GM veteran’s production skills and expertise in the context of a wider restructuring outlined to position the auto producer for a driverless and an electric future. This shuffle came at a time while the company is violently restructuring its staff and manufacturing processes to slash costs and fund exclusive electrification and autonomy ventures.