UAW Sues GM To Keep Plants Open

Posted by at 8:36 am on February 26, 2019

The United Auto Workers union sued General Motors on Tuesday, claiming the company’s plan to shutter three auto plants violates the union’s labor contract.

The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of Ohio, asks the court to order GM to reverse its decision to close plants in Baltimore; Lordstown, Ohio; and Warren, Michigan. It also seeks damages for affected employees, including back wages and benefits.

The UAW says the closings breach a 2015 labor agreement that “prohibits the Company from closing or idling any plant during the term of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

GM (GM), along with Ford (F) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), has contracts with the UAW that are set to expire in September.
The Lordstown plant is scheduled to close next week and the other two plants are set to do the same in coming months.

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