January 13, 2020

More Than 200 Temporary Workers Let Go By GM Fort Wayne Assembly Over Weekend

More Than 200 Temporary Workers Let Go By GM Fort Wayne Assembly Over WeekendOfficials with GM and local UAW 2209 say they were unable to come to an agreement to hire the laid-off temporary workers.United Auto Workers, General Motors, auto, manufaturing2020-01-13T00:00:00-05:00
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More Than 200 Temporary Workers Let Go By GM Fort Wayne Assembly Over Weekend

UAW Local 2209 members and supporters picket outside General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly plant Fall 2019.

FILE PHOTO: Samantha Horton/IPB News

More than 200 General Motors temporary workers were let go over the weekend at the Fort Wayne Assembly plant.

Under the terms of the latest contract, GM recently converted more than 900 temporary workers to full-time status in plants around the U.S., including about 150 workers at the Fort Wayne Assembly location.

Officials with GM and United Automobile Workers local 2209 say they were unable to come to an agreement to hire the laid-off temporary workers. A GM spokesperson said in a statement they were willing to hire the group part-time.

Rich LeTourneau is chairman of the local union. In a letter to members, he said, “This management staff-infection is more concerned about saving money than building trucks.”

The facility is used to build GMs Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

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