More than 650 GM temporary employees in the US to become full-time

Move to impact temporary employees in Michigan, Indiana, Texas and Missouri

FILE - This Friday, May 16, 2014, file photo, shows the General Motors logo at the company's world headquarters in Detroit. The U.S. is making General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million big pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The move announced Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will cost the automaker an estimated $1.2 billion.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - This Friday, May 16, 2014, file photo, shows the General Motors logo at the company's world headquarters in Detroit. The U.S. is making General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million big pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The move announced Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will cost the automaker an estimated $1.2 billion. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)

DETROIT – On Monday, General Motors announced that more than 650 hourly workers in the United States will transition from temporary to full-time employment this month.

The temporary employees who will be impacted work at GM plants and other sites in Michigan, Indiana, Texas and Missouri.

“We are proud to welcome these team members as regular, full-time employees,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “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.”

United Automobile Workers Vice President Terry Dittes, director of the union’s General Motors department issued a statement on the announcement.

“UAW members negotiated and ratified a path to seniority status in the 2019 National Negotiations and because of their contract, 650 members will gain seniority status and benefits this month. This life-changing event is a testament to our members’ hard work as permanent temporary employees and the power of collective bargaining that created this defined path for them to seniority status,” said Dittes.

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