The United Auto Workers union is accusing General Motors of violating a national contract by using temporary workers in Indiana instead of employing full-timers who were laid off from its factories.
United Auto Workers leaders have approved a proposed contract with General Motors Co. that promises raises, improvements in health care and a hefty signing bonus.
Workers overwhelmingly approved a new four-year contract in voting that ended Wednesday night. UAW represents more than 7,000 Fiat Chrysler workers in central Indiana.
The union announced the agreement just after 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, which was the deadline the union had set to reach a new deal or possibly go on strike.
The UAW represents around 40,000 factory workers in the United States. More than 7,000 of those employees work in Kokomo.
Fiat Chrysler employs about 7,100 UAW workers in Kokomo who voted against the proposed contract by a wide margin.
More than 1,500 hourly workers in Indianapolis ratified new five-year contracts, the automotive supplier announced Thursday.
Members of United Auto Workers Local 933 must vote in favor of the five-year collective bargaining agreements before they would go into effect.
The new four-year contract, which still must be ratified by workers, would create 2,100 jobs. Chrysler also agreed to invest $4.5 billion in its plants under the deal. Last year, the automaker announced plans to spend nearly $1.3 billion to update its facilities in Kokomo.
The decision has little impact on the thousands of Indiana GM and Chrysler workers. As part of 2009 government bailouts, the two firms and their workers had to agree not to strike over wages.
More than half of hourly employees have already retired or accepted transfers to other GM facilities.
Competition from a new, state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce factory in Virginia drove contract talks in Indianapolis between the company and a union representing 1,700 of its workers here.
It’s official: General Motors will begin shutting down its Indianapolis metal-stamping plant Jan. 28, with an initial wave of layoffs that will cost 75 workers their jobs.
A businessman seeking to buy General Motors Co.'s Indianapolis metal-stamping plant met with workers Sunday at Lucas Oil
Stadium to urge them to accept pay cuts allowing the sale.