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GM and Delphi open plants without UAW labor

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GM and Delphi open plants without UAW labor

02/09/2010, 3:11 PMBY MARK KLEIS

As part of its plan to produce the Chevy Volt and other future electric vehicles, GM has opened new plants and facilities to produce its own electric-vehicle parts and batteries. Absent from these new facilities? The United Auto Workers union.

Although GM will be producing the Chevy Volt at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant with the help of UAW labor, other crucial parts will be sourced from eight different facilities in the region – some of which are non-union. This shift from pure UAW-sourced labor to open labor is seen by many as an indicator of the waning power of the UAW.

The first example of the core component of the upcoming Chevy Volt, the lithium-ion battery pack, was produced just last month in suburban Detroit – without UAW workers. GM says that facility is starting with 25 non-UAW employees, and says it could grow to 100.

One of GM’s major suppliers, Delphi, will be opening a new electric-vehicle parts plant in Kokomo, Indiana, also without a UAW presence. Delphi says that the new plant in Kokomo will utilize five hourly workers and five or six salaried workers at first, eventually ramping up to as many as 190 workers.

Without the UAW being involved in many critical components of the Volt and other future GM vehicles, GM should be able to reduce its costs and help return to profitability. But many spokespeople for the UAW, and the workers themselves are upset with GM as they believed that the concessions given during the bankruptcy restructuring were made to ensure jobs like these would go to the UAW.

“We were told that all the concessions we made would make us competitive for new jobs,” said Gregg Shotwell, a retired worker for GM and Delphi. “What happened with these jobs?”

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But many spokespeople for the UAW, and the workers themselves are upset with GM as they believed that the concessions given during the bankruptcy restructuring were made to ensure jobs like these would go to the UAW.

“We were told that all the concessions we made would make us competitive for new jobs,” said Gregg Shotwell, a retired worker for GM and Delphi. “What happened with these jobs?”

What happened? You got to keep your jobs. Be happy that much happened, instead of GM shutting down and everyone getting the boot.

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the automakers need to shed the union.

but what is the UAW bitching about, don't they own a big part of GM now? The bloodsuckers got part ownership. That's better than the whole gravy train going down.

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Way to go GM and Delphi, UAW wake up, you got ownership in GM and got to keep a bunch of jobs. No future plants and jobs need to be UAW. People have seen past the greed and corruption of the UAW and Teamsters. People know they can get a fair deal by dealing directly with the company and not have to pay someone to represent them.

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Great to hear! While the hired numbers are small to start with, hopefully this will substantially grow with time.

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In another 10 years or so, the UAW will be done anyways. (They can't fight with canes)

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It will be interesting to see if the old Delphi shows it's ugly head. It will have 100 supervisor positions and 50 production people. Then stand back and point at the union.

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