Picketers outside new GM plant in Burton angry about non-local contractors

Published: Jul. 20, 2018 at 4:22 PM EDT
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(7/20/2018) - Dozens of picketers took to the streets in Burton on Friday, upset about work being done by non-local contractors at the new General Motors facility.

GM broke ground in June on a new customer care and parts distribution center near the intersection of Genesee and Davison Roads.

The facility should be up and running by next April, replacing an existing facility five miles away on Davison Road. It will employ about 60 to 70 people.

Mid-Michigan union workers say they should be the ones helping construct the $65 million, 1.1 million-square-foot building that will be GM's main U.S. hub for AC Delco and GM parts.

"Our tax money is headed to St. Louis and we have an issue with that," said Michael Lynch, president of the Genesee Lapeer Shiawassee Building Trades Council. "We've been building GM for over 150 years, so it's our jobs leaving the state and our tax money going with them."

There are several local workers on site, but some big jobs are contracted out to out-of-state crews.

General Motors says the company is leasing the property from NorthPoint Development of Missouri, which is handling all building contracts.