General Motors will convert more than 650 temporary workers to full-time positions this month, the American automaker announced Monday.
GM says the 650 hourly employees will transition from temporary to regular full-time employment over the course of the month. The employees work at nine GM manufacturing plants and other GM sites in Michigan, Indiana, Texas and Missouri.
“We are proud to welcome these team members as regular, full-time employees,” said GM’s vice president for North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations, Phil Kienle. “Our people are the heart and soul of everything we do and through their hard work and dedication to building quality products, they are taking the next step in their journey with GM.”
The issue of GM’s reliance on temporary workers was a driving factor behind the lengthy 40-day UAW strike back in 2019. The automaker agreed to promote more than 1,350 temporary workers to full-time status as part of the new contract agreement with the labor union, who are located at 14 plants across eight states. The contract also implemented a new, more straightforward path for workers who are hired on as temps to reach full-time status. In a statement released shortly after the contract was agreed upon, the UAW said “converting temporary employees to permanent status was a top priority,” for its negotiators.
GM says that employees who transition from temporary status to full-time “will see medical plan cost-share improvements, the addition of dental and vision coverage, company contributions into their 401(k) plans, profit sharing and life insurance coverage.” The UAW had previously accused GM of using temp workers so it did not have to provide such benefits to some assembly line workers.
“Today’s announcement affirms GM’s continuing commitment to building a strong U.S. manufacturing base,” Kienle added.
As of 2019, GM employed roughly 48,000 hourly workers in the United States.