BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) – More than 1,350 temporary workers at 14 General Motors facilities in the U.S. will get full-time positions before the end of March, the company says. 31 of those workers are at the GM plant in Tonawanda.
UAW Local 774 president JR Baker says this is the change they wanted for their coworkers.
“The opportunities that everybody put forth, the sacrifice, the long days, it’s paying off as far as the temps getting hired,” Baker said.
The workers will start at $21 to $24 per hour depending on their seniority.
They’ll get improved health care benefits, company 401(k) contributions and annual profit-sharing checks.
Eventually they’ll reach the top wage for a full-time production worker of $32.32 per hour.
But getting to this point took some work. Back in October 48,000 workers company wide went on strike. They were asking for fair wages, job security and healthcare. The strike lasted for 40 days until the union and GM officials reached an agreement.
“There’s never going to be a perfect contract, there’s some things we thought we could’ve had, some things we thought we could’ve gained more of but you know what when you look at it, the win is that they will get hired and they will start accumulating seniority and this is one of the good things about it,” Baker said.
The manufacturing plants and other sites are in Michigan, Indiana, New York, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky.