General Motors said Wednesday that more than 1,350 temporary workers at 14 of its U.S. facilities will shift to full-time positions before the end of March.
That includes the 930 the automaker already converted to full-time regular jobs on Jan. 6, as first reported by the Free Press.
"Our employees are essential to meeting the needs of our customers, so providing these team members with an improved career-path forward has numerous benefits," said Gerald Johnson, GM's executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. "From health and safety to building high-quality products for our customers."
The plight of temporary workers seeking a pathway to a permanent job was a driving force behind the UAW's 40-day strike against GM last fall. On Sept. 16, some 48,000 UAW workers struck at 55 GM facilities in 10 states before ratifying a new four-year contract Oct. 26.
Under the new contract, the automaker is required to convert temps that have three years of continuous service to full-time regular employees.
As the Free Press reported, GM started making good on that obligation. It converted about 930 temporary workers to full-time regular employees at most of its UAW-represented facilities in the United States.
Ford Motor Co. also moved 592 temps to permanent full-time on Jan. 6. The UAW said Ford will do more conversions of temps next month. But Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is still working to implement its temporary worker conversions, said the UAW.
When a temporary worker becomes regular full-time, their wages jump to about $21 to $24 an hour from $15 to $17. They also get better benefits and will eventually move into the top wage of $32.32 per hour for a full-time production worker.
Officials familiar with the information who requested anonymity told the Free Press the number of temps already converted at some plants include:
--At Flint Assembly, where GM builds its heavy-duty pickups, 255 temps became permanent.
--At Lansing Delta Township, where GM builds its midsize SUVS, 103 temps.
--At Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana, where GM builds its light-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, 148 temps.
--At GM's smaller plants such as Bedford Casting Operations in Indiana, 17 temps.
--At Michigan's Saginaw Metal Casting Operations, 14 temps.
Overall, here are the 14 GM facilities across eight states where temps have been or will be made permanent, said a person familiar with the plan.
--Arlington Assembly in Texas.
--Fort Wayne Assembly and Bedford Casting Operations, both in Indiana
--Bowling Green Assembly in Kentucky
--Fairfax Assembly in Kansas
--Bay City Powertrain, Flint Assembly, Flint Customer Care & Aftersales, Lansing Delta Assembly, Milford Proving Ground, and Saginaw Metal Casting Operations, all in Michigan.
--Spring Hill Assembly in Tennessee.
--Tonawanda Engine in New York.
--Wentzville Assembly in Missouri.
Temps terminated, too
Despite the conversions of thousands of temps to permanent jobs, there has been turbulence with GM and local UAW leaders disagreeing over contract language that's resulted in some temps being let go.
Late Friday night, GM began letting go about 240 temporary workers at Fort Wayne Assembly. The local UAW 2209 told the Free Press the number terminated is actually 228, but GM labor officials stand firm on 240.
Meanwhile, at Saginaw Metal Casting Operations, GM confirms it had to terminate 18 temporary workers on Jan. 10 because of a disagreement with the local UAW over shifting them to regular full-time.
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