According to General Motors President Mark Reuss, the Detroit automaker is close to hiring lower-paid hourly workers and accelerate the production of popular vehicles that are in short supply due to strong demand. Reuss said that any hiring depends on further recovery in vehicle sales.
Reuss’ statement came just hours after GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre Jr. touted a $257 million investment in plants in Kansas and Michigan to produce the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu.
Reuss did not specify a hiring timeline or identify which plants may be getting additional workers. However, before GM hires low-paid employees, it will have to call back a nationwide pool of 4,000 to 5,000 workers.
Under an agreement reached in 2007 with the United Auto Workers, GM is allowed to hire new lower-paid workers for $14 an hour and less-generous benefits than veteran workers.
Since coming out of bankruptcy in July 2009,GM has invested $1.5 billion in 20 U.S. and Canadian facilities and has created or restored 7,500 jobs, including 900 at its Fairfax plant in Kansas.
– By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Detroit News