GM, UAW talks to resume (Lordstown, OH)

GM, UAW talks to resume (Lordstown, OH) http://www.tribune-chronicle.com/News/articles.asp?articleID 635
LORDSTOWN Contract talks are expected to resume between the General
Motors Lordstown Complex and United Auto Workers bargainers some two weeks after meetings broke off, according to an industry trade publication.
Automotive News reported on its Web site late Wednesday afternoon that United Auto Workers leaders met and things were moving along, according to sources the publication didnt name but said are familiar with the talks.
The issues are being worked out. I dont know if theyve returned to the bargaining table, but that is something that is going to happen, a source close to GM said, according to Automotive News.
The source said GMs plans for the next-generation small-car platform at the Lordstown plant and the midsize car architecture at Fairfax are back on track after GM lifted the suspension late last week.
GM Lordstown spokesman Tom Mock declined to comment, but corrected part of the story that stated GM will resume construction to prepare for a new vehicle.
Theres no construction activity related to any type of new vehicle program going on at this time, he said .
GM invested more than $1 billion, including $200 million for a high tech paint shop, earlier this decade to prepare the plant to build the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 small cars it now produces.
The company never acknowledged it ceased planning for the Lordstown future, but spokesman Dan Flores said, In any negotiations, there are ups and downs. GM and UAW are discussing some very difficult issues. All parties are focused on improving the competitiveness of both locations and putting both plants in the best position possible to secure future work.
Local 1112 President Jim Graham couldnt be reached for comment Wednesday.
A leaflet distributed April 25 in the Lordstown assembly plant by UAW Local 1112 officials said GM suspended the small-car program, and that the International UAW had requested local negotiators to cease talks on a new agreement.
International union and GM corporate officials were said to be discussing concessions the automaker wants before it would award Lordstown a new vehicle in the summer of 2009.
Key issues are believed to be GMs request that union employees work 10-hour shifts without overtime pay and replacing union janitors making standard $28 an hour pay with nonunion janitors at $12 an hour.
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$28/hr for a janitor? Damn, I'm in the wrong line of work, wtf!
I think GM *and* the UAW need concessions from the TOP-DOWN. Both sides are living beyond the means the company can provide them, they're going to kill that golden goose.
On Thu, 03 May 2007 05:39:56 -0400, Jim Higgins

-GV
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hey jim, u from ohio? Im like 3 minutes away from lordstown. My neighbor was a long time employee of delphi until he took the buyout a couple of months ago. Sorry if im off topic, im just not used to seeing posts about little ol lordstown ohio! Theres not many people from around here that post in these groups
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Midget Tosser wrote:

I'm in a place called Holland, a few minutes SW of Grand Rapids Michigan.
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