Union: Managers cost plant jobs

Union: Managers cost plant jobs

 

 
 

Report alleges GM Spring Hill heads turned down new product

By WILLIAM BOWERS/ wbowers@c-dh.net

Local union leaders are accusing management at General Motors’ Spring Hill auto factory of refusing work that would have provided about 50 jobs for laid-off employees.

In the July 22 edition of the UAW Local 1853 UAW News, a shop committee report signed by the local union’s leaders, said the Spring Hill plant manager declined an offer to build the inner door panels for the Buick Acadia and GMC Acadia SUVs.

“This decision by management cost jobs for Spring Hill during a time when every job counts,” the report states.


Messages left for a GM spokesperson were not returned Monday. UAW officials were also unavailable for comment.

The report criticizes two top managers at the plant for not doing enough to secure more work for the Spring Hill facility. The newsletter does not identify the managers.

“We need to ask ourselves, do we have anyone in ‘management’ here in Spring Hill left that supports our plant and its workforce?” the report stated.

The report also states that the Spring Hill service parts operation will be shut down next year, eliminating more than 100 additional jobs from GM’s operation.

   
 

The plant, which was idled by GM in June 2009 as the company was preparing for bankruptcy, has lost much of its remaining workforce, including 900 employees which transferred to other facilities and an additional 800 who were laid off.

At its height the facility employed more than 6,000, but in recent years that number dropped below 4,000 until the plant was shuttered, sending employees in all but the engine facility and a few other areas home. Fewer than 1,000 employees remain.

The report adds that the relationship between the union and management has become strained because decisions have been made without consulting local UAW leaders. The union leaders said a change in vacation policy implemented by GM management would require workers taking vacation on Friday to also request a Saturday vacation if they wanted that day off as well. Previously these employees did not have to work Saturday if they had Friday off, the report states.

“Many of our members were impacted by this unilateral change and again the Union was not notified or consulted,” the report states.

According the report, the management has the power under the national agreement to make decisions about the workforce reductions.

The report did not say what these decisions mean for the future of the idled plant.

 
 

 

 

Story created Jul 27, 2010 – 15:24:01 EDT.

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