“We certainly aren’t going to make a decision and make a commitment solely as a way of getting an agreement,” said Cathy Clegg, GM vice president of labor relations, reported by Reuters. “If the market doesn’t drive it, we can’t do that.”
As labor negotiations between General Motors and the UAW are quickly approaching (July 27), Clegg has set the mindset for how the company will perceive the wishes that will be set forth by the union, which hopes to convince GM to further continue hiring more workers.
“The vast majority of members want jobs and they want job security,” stated Joe Ashton, the UAW vice president in charge of GM relations. “They never want to go through what we had to go though in 2009, where they faced bankruptcy and plant closings.”
Clegg notes that GM will need a “pretty healthy market recovery” before the company thinks about increasing vehicle production output any further.