In early June, it was reported that General Motors was struggling to fill the 400 temporary positions it had available at its Flint Assembly plant in Michigan. While the automaker has made some progress filling those positions, it is still trying to attract temp workers at the facility, with 200 open positions still yet to be filled.
According to MLive, the job fair held at Flint Assembly last month helped fill about 200 positions at the plant, but that only accounts for roughly half of the 400 positions it had open. There are still about 200 positions left to hire for, with GM urging anyone interested to apply in person or online. The Flint plant builds the Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups.
“Many people who waited in line at the job fair are now members of the Flint Assembly team,” Ed Duby, Flint Assembly plant executive, told MLive this week. “Although the fair will fill most of our openings, we are still looking for people to become part of the team.”
“I really want to encourage anyone looking for a job at a great company, building a world-class truck, to take a look at the job requirements and fill out an application,” Duby added.
Temp roles at Flint Assembly pay $16.67 an hour, with employees eligible for health care and paid holidays after 90 days of employment. Duby told MLive applicants must be willing to work any day, including weekends, and on any of the plant’s three shifts. Applicants will also be required to pass a drug test and a background check. Temp employees can be hired on as full-time workers after two years of service, with the last 12 months of the two-year period served as a full-time temp.
The UAW had previously suggested GM remove its drug testing requirement for temp applicants in a bid to attract more workers. Michigan legalized recreational use of Marijuana back in 2018, while medical use of marijuana has been legal in the state since 2008.
“You’ve got this candidate pool that know they can smoke marijuana in the evening rather than having a drink,” UAW Local 595 Shop Chairman Eric Welter said last month. “It’s kind of silly to lose good workers. Marijuana doesn’t create the problems that opioids, cocaine and other drugs do.”
GM did not publicly respond to the UAW’s request to drop the mandatory drug test and as of now, temp applicants at Flint Assembly will be tested.