GM Follows Honda In Sending Office Workers To The Assembly Line

General Motors joins Honda in asking employees to work on assembly lines due to understaffing. A new report from Automotive News says the automaker has salaried volunteers who assemble vehicles at its plant in Wentzville, Missouri, where the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks are built, as well as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana commercial vans.

Jim Cain, a spokesperson for GM, told the online publication that the number of employees on the assembly lines ranges from a few to more than two dozen. The plant typically employs around 4,100 workers and hourly workers and currently has local announcements for around 200 additional temporary workers.

“We were able to maintain three shifts to meet customer and dealer demand, so the impact on our inventory replenishment is expected to be negligible,” Cain said. Automotive News earlier this week. “We are grateful for the support we have received as the plant works through a very difficult staffing challenge.”

However, not everyone is happy with the transfer. While Honda generally does not have to deal with a union to make such a decision, General Motors does. And the United Auto Workers claims that the appointment of salaried employees instead of hourly UAW members violates the GM-UAW labor agreement.

“We strongly opposed this breach of contract,” commented UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg. “The local union has started the grievance process.” The GM spokesperson said the company will need volunteers until UAW workers can travel to the Wentzville plant from other factories.

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