GM Workers Say No to Pay Cuts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Workers at a General Motors stamping plant in Indianapolis have rejected pay cuts sought by a company wanting to buy the factory that is on GM's closing list.

Addison, Ill.-based JD Norman Industries said it was dropping its effort to buy the factory after Monday's announcement that United Auto Workers members had voted 457-96 against accepting the concessions.

UAW Local 23 bargaining chairman Gregory Clark tells The Indianapolis Star that the proposal "gutted everything" from the union's contract at the plant. National UAW officials had backed the offer cutting base wages from $29 an hour to $15.50.

GM announced last year it planned to close the plant in 2011. Many workers expect they will be able to transfer to other GM factories.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    I guess I would rather see a pay cut than loose my job. Trying living on $360.00 a week, and the amount after the pay cut would look very very good.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Sep 30, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    This is a tough call for mthe UAW people. They know the existing wages can't remain in effect. But they don't seem to realize that the "new" going wage is going to end up around $15.00 an hour no matter how you slice it. Any more than that, an it too will be outsourced due to cost. Thank you Ricardo
  • by Larry Location: Jackson on Sep 30, 2010 at 01:26 AM
    So if I buy a $40,000 pickup built by employees who earn $15/hr. and the door falls off, I'll know why. Thanks, but I'll stick to my Tundra. It's twice the truck GM ever was and will be.
  • by bob on Sep 29, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    i started at gm 24 years ago at 11.00 dollars a hour. inflation is why our wage is much higher now thank you uaw for watching out for us. gm emplyoyess buy alot of what we make how would one buy a new car at 15 a hour?
  • by Greg Location: Lansing on Sep 29, 2010 at 04:53 AM
    Not sure when it was OK for the Union itself to have ownership in a company, while representing the union employees. Now that UAW has part ownership, doesn't it seem only right that UAW do what ever they can to increase their profits. Collecting income from the GM company, and collecting union fees from its members is like a WIN/WIN situation. Its like an attorney representing both sides of a trial. I'll keeping buying an american made automobile, it will just be preowned.
  • by mistermister Location: michigan on Sep 28, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    $15/hr does not make it to middle class these days. Labor takes cuts and corp america continues to get raises and drive Toyotas. Thanks. Enjoy your free time, I have to go to my second job now.
  • by Will Location: Dewitt on Sep 28, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    Such arrogance, The union says take it. That tells you what the unions all about. They will probably lay off seasoned GM employees from Lansing and bring these people in like they did saturn. Crooked union and democrats make a mafia like presence
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 at 03:22 PM
    They can no to the concessions. GM closes the factory and sells the building without employees. The new employees could make $20 without union reps. Smart move UAW. There have been several plants that have had that done in IN. It is a matter of time before it happens here in MI.
  • by Dave Location: Litchfield, MI on Sep 28, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    Their bosses are getting hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and you expect them to accept a 50% pay cut?
  • by JOEBLO Location: Lansing on Sep 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    How naive!! Wherever GM employees transfer they will get $15. per hr after next contract.
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