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UAW local, GM resolve work issues



Published: Wed, September 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

By GRACE WYLER

gwyler@vindy.com

LORDSTOWN

A flare-up between United Auto Workers Local 1112 and management at the General Motors assembly complex here has been resolved, union and plant officials said Tuesday.

“I have every indication that everything is going to be taken care of,” said UAW Local 1112 President Jim Graham. “It’s good now.”

Tensions escalated at the plant last week over issues regarding the outsourcing of repair work to third- party vendors and other work-rule violations.

The conflict culminated Friday with the circulation of a vitriolic flier among UAW Local 1112 members. The flier, signed by Graham and shop chairman Ben Strickland, accused Lords- town managers of being “sneaky, evasive and dishonest on many issues” and warned members, “Management is not your friend.”

The problems raised in the flier have been addressed, Graham said, adding that local leaders met with officials from the international UAW and GM in Detroit on Monday to discuss work rules.

“Tempers flared,” he said. “But the initial issue was resolved the next day, and all of the other issues are going to be dealt with in-house.”

Graham attributed the tiff to the heightened pressure of increased demand for the Chevrolet Cruze. Production on the new car has not yet reached full capacity.

“Everybody is so focused on putting out a good product,” he said. “There is a lot of stress in the plant.”

The recent issues between management and the UAW 1112 members have been worked out, said plant spokesman Tom Mock, and communication is ongoing.

“As far as I know, everything has been settled,” Mock said.


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1Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The way things should work .

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2DelphiGone(1 comment)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Probably none of you down there are old enough to remember what happened to the tire, steel, and petroleum industries. And some of you may remember when Lordstown was at the bottom of the quality list for years on end. And probably fewer still (if any), can remember when Lordstown was on GM's "doomsday" list and the only thing that saved them was Governor intervention. Better get it right this time... all GM needs is an excuse, ANY EXCUSE, to turn out the lights. I wish you luck with the Cruze. You're about all that's left down there. Of course I won't be buying a Cruze or any other GM product after the hammering I took with Delphi and after watching what's coming down the road for the rest of the GM salaried folks. Do your job, do it right, don't take any $%&@ from management, and keep in mind, you're probably only ONE recall away from "last one out turn out the lights"......

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3casper77(136 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

ALL AUTO PLANTS REPAIR SOME OF THEIR CARS, it's what happens when you have hundreds of people handling the car and hundreds of robots doing work on the cars ,things can go wrong. Like a robot might malfunction and quit running , so a repairman has to REPAIR the car by welding what the robot was welding until it is fixed. A hood might have a flaw in the metal, a up ding, a scratch, a burr, A bolt strips, it is fixed, a REPAIR!!! That is what happens when you hear the word REPAIR. All car companies have this, yes even TOYOTA

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4casper77(136 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Fairandequal write to Congress , write to GM, write to the people that can make a difference. By writing the same words over and over in the Trib and Vindy makes you less creditable. That's why you should of join a Union when you had a chance, years ago , you would of had someone to speaks on your behalf.

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5Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

casper77 Fairandequal and those like him were the problem at Delphi. they made the workers sent out bad parts, pushed the workers to work unsafe ,and followed Delphi management orders like Little puppies .
Now they want GM , ( who they did not work for ) the UAW or the PBGC to help out . A lot of people use to feel sorry the these guys , but with all their crying and calls to boycott GM and buy foreign company cars . That support is fading fast .If not gone

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