General Motors is looking to add 300 part-time positions at its Wentzville Assembly plant in Missouri, which builds the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks, along with the Chevy Express, and GMC Savana work vans.
Local NBC affiliate KSDK dug up a post on the St. Charles County Workforce and Business Development Facebook page that indicated the plant is looking for 300 people to fill 3-day-a-week, temporary part-time positions at the plant. Pay will be $16 an hour.
GM is currently looking to invest as much as $1 billion in the Wentzville Assembly to make undisclosed upgrades. The Missouri House and Senate passed a tax incentive package for the automaker last month to encourage the investment and help retain the 3,500 jobs that the Wentzville Assembly currently brings to the surrounding area.
A report surfaced this week that GM would begin to employ more temporary part-time workers going forward in a bid to reduce healthcare costs. At most other automaker plants, the staff is 20 percent temp on average, whereas GM plants often employ 7 percent temp workers, the automaker says. GM reportedly makes $900 million in annual contributions for healthcare.
It is believed that GM will argue for having more temp workers during contract negotiations with the UAW later this year. The union is obviously against temp workers, who are paid less and cannot climb the ranks within GM, but the automaker will argue that employing more temp workers will give existing UAW members more job security.
Wentzville Assembly was first opened in 1983 and is located in Wentzville, Missouri, about 40 miles west of St. Louis. In addition to the mid-size truck and van production lines, it also houses a contiguous stamping facility that produces the majority of the body parts used to assemble the vehicles it produces.