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Judge denies GM's request to dismiss UAW lawsuit over employee transfers

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A federal judge has denied a motion to rule in favor of General Motors which is being sued by the UAW over job transfer rights of laid-off Lordstown Assembly Complex employees.

U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson on Thursday ruled against GM which sought a judgment in its favor in a case filed by the United Autoworkers Union after GM announced it would stop production of the Chevy Cruze in Lordstown.

The UAW lawsuit claimed that while GM refused requests by laid-off Lordstown workers to transfer to GM's pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the company continued using temporary non-union workers at the Indiana plant.

The union claims that GM is in violation of a memorandum of understanding with the UAW allowing GM to hire temporary employees from May 31, 2018, through August 31, 2018, to support the launch of a new pickup truck.

According to the suit, GM continued the use the workers even though the union rejected GM's request to extend the temporary employment agreement.

The lawsuit says GM continued to use temporary workers in Fort Wayne while many of the 690 employees laid off in Lordstown have applied for jobs there.

In a statement issued by GM, the automaker announced earlier this year that it was in the process of transferring 50 Lordstown employees to Fort Wayne.

General Motors stopped making the Chevy Cruze in Lordstown this past March and has no plans to replace the production with another vehicle.

Alleging breach of contract, the UAW is asking the court to order GM to stop using the temps in Fort Wayne and transfer union members to the plant.

In her order issued Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Benita Pearson said she doesn't agree with GM's argument that the union's claim that Lordstown workers are entitled to jobs at the Indiana plant conflicted with a UAW grievance seeking seniority rights for the temporary workers there.

Although the case continues to be considered by the court, it is not uncommon for labor lawsuits like this to become an issue in contract negotiations.

GM and the UAW will begin negotiations on a new national labor agreement this summer.

GM Corporate, the UAW International, as well UAW Local 1112 tell 21 News they do not comment on pending lawsuits.
 

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