UAW lawsuit fights GM's use of temps in Fort Wayne


The UAW announced Thursday it filed a lawsuit against the automaker that requests the court order GM to transfer seniority union members to the plant in Fort Wayne instead of using temporary workers. The decision, which affects four U.S. plants including one in Warren, Ohio, drew the condemnation of U.S. President Donald Trump and members of Congress.

The United Auto Workers union is suing General Motors accusing the vehicle manufacturer of violating an agreement by continuing to use temporary employees at the Fort Wayne, Indiana plant instead of bringing laid off workers from Lordstown to work at the plant, a lawsuit filed in the Ohio Northern District alleges. The union claims GM is circumventing the contract by using temporary employees.

"Late previous year, GM started the process to bring about 50 Lordstown employees to Ft".

GM said in a statement that it started the process to bring about 50 workers from the Lordstown plant to in late previous year and has ongoing talks with the union regarding staffing needs in Fort Wayne. GM's contract with the union expires on September 14.

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In a statement from a General Motors communications manager, the company says they have started to bring employees from Lordstown to Fort Wayne. It declined to comment directly on the lawsuit, however.

The union said it did offer to allow the temporary employees to work until the end of December if GM would agree to submit a plan to eliminate the temporary group by then and transfer senior union members to Fort Wayne.

GM ultimately lost the union's permission to use the temporary workers beyond the end of November, according to the lawsuit. Closure of the plant would mean the loss of another 1,600 jobs.

The UAW says its contract with GM requires it to hire the laid-off workers, including 690 at a small-car plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which is scheduled to close in March.