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GM asks judge to submit UAW job transfer lawsuit issues to 'impartial' umpire

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One week after a federal judge in Youngstown denied General Motors' motion to dismiss the UAW's lawsuit that included job transfer rights of laid-off Lordstown Assembly Complex employees, the automaker is asking that issues in the lawsuit be handed over to an arbitrator to decide.

Attorneys for GM on Wednesday filed a motion in the court of U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson, asking her to order the UAW to submit issues outlined in the UAW civil suit to arbitration before an “impartial umpire.”

Pearson is the same judge who earlier last month denied a GM motion to move the case from Youngstown to courts in Michigan.

The case, filed by the United Autoworkers Union after GM announced it would stop production of the Chevy Cruze in Lordstown, alleges 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.

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 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.

In its latest motion, GM argues that under the international labor agreement with the UAW the issues in question should be submitted to binding arbitration.

The UAW has yet to file a response to the binding arbitration motion.

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

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

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