Union workers at GM Lordstown approve new contract

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Union employees at the General Motors plant in Lordstown voted in favor of new labor contract.

Voting wrapped up around 6:30 a.m. Friday at the plant, with a 90 percent voter turnout for UAW Local 1112.

Union officials said 65 percent of the approximately 1,300 eligible members of UAW Local 1714 and 74 percent of UAW Local 1112’s 3,000 eligible voting members voted in favor of the new deal.

Voting began at 5 a.m. Thursday and was scheduled to continue until 5 p.m. Friday.

Union leaders say the agreement includes significant wage increases, signing bonuses and improved health care. Some of the sticking points were an $8.8 billion investment in the United States, gaining a few more days off, health care benefits for entry level employees and pay level increases across the board.

The details of the agreement include the following gains for UAW-GM members, according to the UAW news release:

  • Traditional Employees: All traditional members will receive a 3 percent wage increase for the first year, 4 percent lump sum in the second year, 3 percent wage increase in the third year and 4 percent lump sum for the last year. Traditional employees will receive an $8,000 signing bonus upon ratification.
  • In-Progression Employees: The bargaining committee secured a clear path for in-progression members to achieve traditional wages. All in-progression employees are moved to traditional health care plan. In-progression employees will receive an $8,000 signing bonus upon ratification.
  • Temporary Employees: The Tentative Agreement includes a lump sum payment of $2,000 for active, temporary employees who have worked at least 90 days prior to the effective date. Temporary employees will receive wage increases and a health care plan.
  • SAP of $60,000: The agreement includes a $60,000 bonus for up to 4,000 eligible production employees who retire between Feb. 1 and May 1, 2016, as determined under the normal and early retirement provisions of the national agreement.
  • Appendix “A” Rights: Appendix “A” rights will include in-progression employees with two years of seniority as well as eligible in-progression and traditional employees at GMCH, Davidson Rd. and Westchester

Robert Morales, president of UAW Local 1714 said, while some members thought there could be improvements, he is pleased that an agreement has been reached.

“Some of our members felt that there should have been some gains elsewhere, but, you know, the U.A.W. stands for United Auto Workers, and, you know, trying to be united at the home front… you got to sacrifice a little bit on some ends,” he said. “But overall, the agreement’s a great agreement.”

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