Wages and benefits set to rise for nearly 1,350 GM employees
DETROIT – General Motors announced Wednesday that more than 1,350 hourly employees at its sites in the U.S. will transition from temporary to regular full-time employment during the first quarter of 2020. These employees work at 14 GM manufacturing plants and other sites in eight states, including Michigan, Indiana, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky, including 57 workers right here in Bowling Green.
“This is a good win for us, and maybe next time we can get more and we won’t have to walk out the door, but we need to be ready to,” said Jack Bower President of the Bowling Green U.A.W. LOCAL 2164.
“We are excited to welcome these employees as regular, full-time team members,” said Gerald Johnson, GM’s executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “Our employees are essential to meeting the needs of our customers, so providing these team members with an improved career-path forward has numerous benefits. From health and safety to building high-quality products for our customers, it takes all of us working together to build a stronger future.”
“We are really excited for these employees because it is great news. They have been with us for some time. They are well trained,” said Nora Roper, assistant plant manager at GM Bowling Green Assembly.
The temporary employees transitioning to regular full-time status will see medical plan cost-share improvements, the addition of dental and vision coverage, company contributions into their 401(k), profit sharing and life insurance coverage.
“It has been a long time coming. You spend three or four years trying to get to a coveted position and you finally made it. They were worried they never would. There wasn’t a way for them to get there and now that there is, they did,” said Bower.
General Motors employs more total U.S. workers than any other auto manufacturer and has invested more than $24 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations over the last 10 years. According to the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), since 2010 GM has accounted for more than one-dollar of every four invested by automakers in the U.S.
“Today’s announcement affirms GM’s continuing commitment to a strong U.S. manufacturing base,” said Johnson.
The transition began January 6 of this year.