28 workers at the Lordstown, Ohio Chevrolet plant are suing General Motors and the UAW after they claim they were wrongfully classified as temporary employees. According to the workers' complaint, they were paid 40 percent less than their permanent counterparts. The suit also accuses UAW Local 1112 of ignoring their complaints and refusing to go to bat for them.

The workers were hired in 2006, layed off in 2007, and brought back on six months later. When they were rehired, they say they were briefly payed the correct amount, but were wrongfully reclassified as temporary in June of 2008.

For their trouble, the workers are looking for between $3-4 million in back pay, at the rate they say should have been theirs all along. General Motors is keeping its lips buttoned on the suit, but UAW Local 1112 says it is not at fault.


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      krische
      • 3 Years Ago
      Flame baiting for page hits I see autoblog.
      vze2h7jc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aaron, Please take an introductory English class. The past tense of "pay" is PAID. The past tense of "lay" is LAID.
      GMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm trying to think of the last time when the UAW WAS at fault.
      Pete K
      • 3 Years Ago
      We can't compete with the world because of the UAW. I bet this was the same bunch of guys improperly installing steering wheels on the Chevy Cruze... If they don't like the money the job pays...go get an education and a better job...
        krische
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pete K
        Wow, yeah let's get mad and yell at these guys because they are unionized! Unionized or not, this group was getting paid 40% less than they were supposed to because of clerical errors. Are you saying they should just shut up and get paid less than they are supposed to because, well screw them!
          montoym
          • 3 Years Ago
          @krische
          That's what they claim anyhow. But, it's rarely wise to rely solely on the opinion of one side of the lawsuit. While you are assuming that the workers are telling the 100% truth, I prefer to look at both sides of the story and make a judgment based on more facts. Additionally, they were not getting paid 40% less than they were supposed to. They were getting the proper pay which was commensurate with their job titles and classification. The 40% difference comes from what they would be paid if they were reclassified as permanent. Whether or not they were reclassified incorrectly(or rather, not reclassified) is the question really. To be honest though, there's not enough info in either story(either here on AB or the mlive linked one) to draw too many conclusions. For instance, there's no explanation of why these workers are entitled to be classified as permanent workers as opposed to temporary. They cite that it's partially because other workers hired at the same time were reclassified as permanent while they were left out. Honestly though, that's seems like hardly a reason to sue. "My buddy got promoted but I didn't, I'm going to sue". We'll see how my opinions change as more info comes out, but for now I prefer to remain neutral on the subject.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Benjamin Roethig
      • 3 Years Ago
      With entitled union workers, yes. The big three are in trouble.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      What I think happened. They went to GM and said "Hey um.. this is wrong." GM said to go speak with their Union rep and they'll handle it. Union rep took paper work to fix it but it was during his 3rd lunch break so he never filed it. I bet the workers wished they where non-Union so they could of just went to GM's Human Resource's and got this all fixed durring their lunch break.
      Ace Convoy
      • 3 Years Ago
      ugh I give up Good luck U.S. Automakers
      DeezNutz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just some numbers to look at. I think this is correct. A little math at the high end $4 million back pay: $4,000,000 / 4 years = $1,000,000 / year $1,000,000 / 28 workers = $35,714 / worker / year of backpay Backpay = 40% of x (Total pay for permanant workers) $35,714 = .4x x = $89,285/ year So permanent workers were making almost ~$90,000/year and temps were making ~$54,000/year. Using $3 million, perm would be making ~$67,000/year and temps $40,200/year. I would be suing too!!
      Bassracerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wish they would get more agressive with the rear axle 3.55 at least so what if it makes the top speed 157 instead of 160?
      Kent
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm somewhat amused, when union members wind up at odds with their local and/or national organization. This sort of reminds me of the former TWA flight attendants and their beef with the union that represents the flight attendants of American Airlines.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh, so they were only paid $25/hr instead of $50.
        Christopher
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Not sure were you get your info from, but I dont know of ANY workers at GM that make 50 an hour. Not even a skilled trade worker makes that much.
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