General Motors has reached out, responding to complaints regarding the use of temporary workers amidst woes at the Lordstown assembly plant. 

The civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Youngstown 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 at the Fort Wayne Assembly Plant.

According to the suit, GM continued the use the workers even though the union rejected a request to extend the temporary employment until the end of this coming February.

The lawsuit says GM continues 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 from a General Motors communications manager, the company says they have started to bring employees from Lordstown to Fort Wayne. 

That statement reads:

"Late last year, GM started the process to bring about 50 Lordstown employees to Ft. Wayne to fill some of positions that had been covered by temporary employees. In fact, about 35 Lordstown UAW members will be in place by the end of January. We have ongoing discussions with the UAW regarding our staffing needs in Ft. Wayne, but have no further comments on the lawsuit." 

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.

General Motors, which already cut two shifts at its Lordstown operation, announced last year that it would stop making the Chevy Cruze at the plant this coming March and had no plans to replace production with another vehicle.  Closure of the plant would mean the loss of another 1,600 jobs.