With Contract Voted Down, Nexteer Slashes More 6-24-2010 - WNEM TV 5

With Contract Voted Down, Nexteer Slashes More 6-24-2010

After 80 jobs were cut in less than a week, now word is getting out that work scheduled to come to Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw County from outside the country will be staying there.
It’s been a week since members of United Auto Workers local 699 voted down a new five-year working agreement.
The new contract promised new work and jobs at the plant.
But since it was voted down, 80 hourly workers have been laid off at the Nexteer complex.
And now the company has hinted in an e-mail exchange with WNEM TV5 that more layoffs could be coming.
In part, that message reads, “we anticipate other actions may be necessary as we complete our assessment of our competitive position and determine the long term viability of the Saginaw plants.”
UAW local 699 officials said they are trying to get the 80 jobs back and at the same time, prevent other job cuts.
Future Of Nexteer Workers, Plant May Be At Risk
But Nexteer officials are now saying in the e-mail exclusively obtained by TV5 that since the contract was voted down, work scheduled for the Nexteer site from Brazil, India and Mexico will now stay in those countries because without wage concessions, it is no longer viable to bring that work to the U.S.
The union also said there is no truth to rumors that a revote is scheduled to take place on the contract that was voted down last week.
The contract that the union voted down by a wide margin that would have created 500 new jobs but cut worker pay substantially.
TV5 also obtained a letter from General Motors, Nexteer’s parent company.
In it GM states that since the contract has been rejected, the last two potential buyers for the Nexteer facility could withdraw their bids, and if that happens, GM would have no choice but to wind down operations at the plant.
Union officials told TV5 they hope that doesn’t happen.
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