Lawsuit aims to force GM to replace Fort Wayne temporary employees with transfers from closed plant

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – The United Auto Workers union filed suit Wednesday seeking the replacement of temporary workers at the Fort Wayne General Motors facility with those laid off at a plant in Ohio.

The federal lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of Ohio, claims GM is in breach of contract by using those temporary workers beyond an agreed-on termination date.

It notes that “many” of the nearly 700 displaced workers at the Lordstown Assembly wish to transfer to Fort Wayne.

GM announced last year that it would close the Lordstown facility as part of a reduction in its production lines.The company said it would lay off about14,000 factory and white-collar workers in North America while shuttering a total of five GM plants.

The Fort Wayne facility was not affected by the closures and has been using temporary workers as GM launched a new variation of pickup truck.

General Motors shared the following statement with ABC21:

Late last year, GM started the process to bring about 50 Lordstown employees to Ft. Wayne to fill some of positions that had been covered by temporary employees. In fact, about 35 Lordstown UAW members will be in place by the end of January. We have ongoing discussions with the UAW regarding our staffing needs in Ft. Wayne, but have no further comments on the lawsuit.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley

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