In a case that dates back to April 30, 2011, General Motors and the United Auto Workers are being sued by 28 employees at GM's Lordstown, Ohio plant that builds the Chevrolet Cruze. The employees say that when they were hired in October, 2006 they were improperly classified as temporary workers. They were let go six months later, in April, 2007, but then rehired six months after that.
When they were rehired, the workers say they were classified as and paid the same wages as permanent employees with seniority. But in June, 2008 the 28 workers say they were forced to accept being reclassified as temporary workers and take a 40-percent pay cut or be terminated. The attorney for the workers says they should have been paid at the higher rate the entire time. Also, the 28 employees say there were another 22 temporary employees hired at the same time as they were and who were able to earn permanent status, pay and benefits. The employees say the change in pay violated the collective bargaining agreement and that the UAW refused to file a grievance for them. The workers are suing for back pay of between $3 and $4 million, as well as permanent positions and benefits.

GM and the UAW have denied wrongdoing and filed a motion for summary judgment, which would have ended the case. GM hasn't commented, but the UAW claims that the employees didn't exhaust their means of internal resolution and that they filed the case after the end of the statute of limitations had run out. The motion was denied by Judge Benita Pearson, so the case will continue.


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      DeathKnoT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yikes. I feel for these guys. I know what its like to work at a place that screws you over by hiring you through a outside agency after already being an employee. I had the same thing happen minus mine had no change in wage or increase. I eventually became an employee again! They still play games still sadly. But, sadly i have no union to help me. The union for the employees that have one kicks butt at my workplace. Grievances are not ignored. They always lose in the end and it costs them lots of $. Seen it to many times. On a side note i wish these workers a successful end to this craziness.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        XT6Wagon
        • 1 Year Ago
        you didn't read a single word past the title did you?
        klsyanderson
        • 1 Year Ago
        I think that union plumber who came to my house and charged me $90.00 an hour was pretty good. His union electrician buddy did alright also.
      SooooRight
      • 1 Year Ago
      don't buy union made.
        jaydc1388
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SooooRight
        Don't buy any European or Japanese cars, you'd be supporting companies that support unions.......
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see you are getting what you paid for with your Union dues. The Union is only looking out for the Union executives and Democratic politicians, not the workers, the jobs, or even the continued existence of the company the Union represented employees work for (Hostess, anyone?). Ohio is looking to become right-to-work, just like Michigan just did. These guys should also sue for their Union dues back as they were not being properly represented by their Union, which happens more often than not.
      eb50tj
      • 1 Year Ago
      The consumers SHOULD be able to sue the MORONS who piss poorly assemble those P O S 's! I mean, they make outrageous money to do a mindless job, and still manage to screw it up.... Maybe they all should go into politics!
        Brian D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eb50tj
        That's mindless rhetoric. The difference in quality between automakers is measured in decimal points per hundred vehicles. There is no such thing as a poorly assembled vehicle. Quality measurements from companies like JD Power mean nothing anymore because the defects per vehicle are so close between all the automakers.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      And they wonder why all the foreign manufacturers in the United States are going to such great lengths to avoid the UAW.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Not fair. A contract is a contract, whether held by the company, the union, or the employees. Yes, the UAW contract is at stake here, but the same problem could have been faced by a Toyota employee in a non-union shop where due process and equality under the law was not followed.
          Thipps
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          What contract? and even in most contract positions you can be terminated at will. I know because i work off of short term contracts. its not like sports where there is guaranteed money for a set time, Its more like you have the opportunity to work for us for X amount of time if all goes well, But in every contract i have ever been in it clearly states i could be terminated at any point for any reason.
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      A employer should be able to hire and fire at will, No one forces anyone to work for a company,
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for the employees. The union should at least hold up their side of the agreement as should GM.
      corner49
      • 1 Year Ago
      And some ppl still believe that unions exist to serve the best interests of the employees and not their own.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey unions, sucks being sued doesn't it?
      Brian D
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is no different than a CEO signing a contract with a company, and than suing because the company is trying to back out of the deal. A contract is a contract.
      Brian D
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was a shady deal from the beginning and could have a major impact on more than just these few workers. I work at GM plant and a similar thing happened there, and at a lot of other plants. Contractually GM and the UAW don't have a leg to stand on. The contract states these workers should have been at full pay and benefits. The UAW and GM did a verbal deal that undermined the national contract. Btw, I'm sure the anti union guys will spout the rhetoric, but this is about the labor laws in this country. The federal government says a contract negotiated between a union and company basically supercedes labor laws, and is written in stone. The UAW and GM shouldn't have agreed to the lettering of the contract if they don't want to live up to the deal.
        TCBRacing
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian D
        So why isn't the UAW supporting them?
        Brian D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brian D
        Because they UAW made a deal with GM under the table, and doesn't agree with the workers. It's no different tha a client having a disagreement with his lawyers. Union workers disagree with unions all the time.
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