US automakers start new year by moving 1500 temps to full-time
DETROIT – First day back at work after the holidays, and nearly 1000 temporary workers at General Motors heard good news –
On Monday, GM made about 930 temporary workers permanent full-time employees at 30 of its 52 UAW-represented facilities in the United States. There are more to come in the months ahead, it said.
And it wasn’t only GM – Ford made a similar announcement …
Ford Motor Co. also moved 592 temps to permanent full-time on Monday, the UAW said, and will do more conversions of temps next month. But Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is still working to implement its temporary worker conversions, said the UAW.
Moving from part-time to full-time adds on valuable benefits such as health care, pensions and paid vacation time. In addition, their hourly pay goes up $3 an hour – from $21 to $24 an hour.
The action is in keeping with the terms struck in the 2019 four-year UAW contract that GM union members ratified in October after a 40-day nationwide strike. In it, temporary workers who gain at least three years of service will convert to permanent status starting this year.