300 Flint-area GM temporary workers among 1,350 transitioning to full time

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FLINT (WJRT) (01/15/20) - General Motors announced 1,350 hourly employees will transition from temporary to regular full-time status at 14 facilities across the nation on Wednesday.

The transition is set to take place before the end of the first fiscal quarter on March 31.

"We're really excited about what this does for them and their families," said Flint Assembly Plant Executive Director Michael Perez.

GM is making good on a promise to begin converting temporary workers to full-time regular status under the new contract with the United Auto Workers. Perez said the upgrade in status comes with a number of advantages for workers.

"These team members are going to have, in addition to increased wages, they're also going to have better medical plan sharing costs. They're going to have access to vision and dental care," Perez said.

Three hundred temporary workers at Flint Assembly and the Customer Care and Aftersales facility in Swartz Creek welcome the change.

"I can tell they're really excited to be part of the General Motors family in a more formal fashion now," Perez said.

Flint Assembly produces the heavy duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, which are in high demand.

"We're still working towards recovering some of the volume we lost during the work stoppage and having stability in the workforce is something that certainly allows us to do that," Perez said.

More importantly, upgrading the status of temporary workers allows GM to have a deeper impact on the entire Flint area.

"When General Motors grows in the region the communities grow with us," Perez said. "For the city of Flint, it's an increased tax revenue and the multiplying effect kind of goes on and on."

Temporary workers converted to full time will now also have the benefit of profit sharing, company contributions into their 401(k) and life insurance coverage.