Hundreds temporary GM employees get full-time status at Flint Assembly
(1/8/2019) - Hundreds of temporary workers at General Motors facilities are starting the new year with new full-time seniority positions.
The United Auto Workers union announced that 930 temporary workers at 30 GM facilities around the country were granted full-time status as of Jan. 6,
They include 255 temporary workers at the Flint Assembly plant who are represented by UAW Local 598. They found out during a union meeting earlier this week.
The status of temporary workers and providing a path to full-time jobs was a key sticking point during the 40-day GM strike that crippled the automaker in September and October.
Full-time workers receive better pay, benefits and job security compared to temporary workers. The four-year contract between GM and the UAW provides a three-year timeframe for temporary workers to reach full seniority.