Union, automakers headed for fight over battery plant wages

General Motors world headquarters in downtown Detroit.
General Motors world headquarters in downtown Detroit.(WJRT)
Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 1:13 PM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The United Auto Workers union is calling on General Motors to pay full union wages at electric vehicle battery factories, thrusting what was a festering conflict into the spotlight because automakers want to pay less.

The union says in a statement about GM’s announcement Friday that it would build a second U.S. battery plant that the company has a “moral obligation” to pay the higher wages.

A joint venture between GM and LG Energy Solutions will build the $2.3 billion plant in Spring Hill, Tenn.  A similar plant already is under construction in Lordstown, Ohio.

GM said wages at the plant will be determined by the joint venture.  

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