General Motors is announcing further cuts in production of the Chevy Sonic and Buick Verano at the Orion Assembly plant. Sales of both vehicles are down through May 2015. The plant is also laying off about 100 workers in phases starting in July.
When production of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano kicks off this fall, 40 percent of the energy that powers General Motors' Orion Assembly Plant will come from methane captured from a nearby landfill site. This use of the landfill gas will reduce GM's energy costs by $1.1 million a year and cut the amount of greenhouse gases, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides released into the atmosphere.
Over the years, we've heard of the supposed vast riches of the United Auto Worker. When accounting for health care and legacy costs, the typical UAW floor-sweeper earns over $70 per hour. The hard truth, however, is that even the tenured line worker receives less than half that amount in their paycheck before taxes, and about 20 percent of the UAW workforce makes only $14 per hour.
A group of union members are reportedly unhappy about the two-tier wage system that the United Auto Workers agreed to for the General Motors Orion Township plant. According to the Detroit Free Press, around 100 current and retired union workers from three states descended on the UAW's Detroit headquarters to protest the move on Saturday.