Its a start on eliminating the jobs bank altogether
GM, UAW agree to trim jobs bank
General Motors Corp. and the UAW have agreed to eliminate 385
skilled-trades jobs from jobs bank in Flint and Lansing, the automaker
All of the workers, who receive full pay though off the job because the
company eliminated their full-time positions, will be offered the
options to retrain or relocate, or take buyouts or early retirement
packages the same as those offered workers last year when GM eliminated
34,410 jobs from its hourly workforce.
GM has said that move helped the automaker reduce its controversial jobs
bank by about 75%. Analysts now estimate that the jobs bank, before this
latest offer, includes about 2,000 people.
Workers must choose a new job or separation offer, or they would be laid
off without pay.
The offers were rolled out to 300 skilled trades workers in Lansing
Local 652 and to 85 in Flint Local 599 within the last couple of weeks.
Beyond offers for early retirement and buyouts, workers also may apply
to be placed in open skilled-trades jobs, be retrained in other trades
or take a production job.
Workers may apply for jobs nearby or elsewhere in the country.
GM is offering relocation assistance worth up to $67,000 to anyone
willing to relocate to a plant more than 50 miles away from his or her
Additionally, those eligible skilled-trades employees who accept a
production job or train for another position will receive a $3,000
certificate toward the purchase of a GM vehicle.
Workers will have 45 days to consider their options and make a choice,
then seven days to change their minds.
"This targeted program shows General Motors and the UAW are working to
look for ways to improve competitiveness and more efficiently utilize
our manpower," GM spokesman Dan Flores said.