Nexteer Union Members To Revote On Contract 6-28-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Nexteer Union Members To Revote On Contract 6-28-2010

Following one failed vote and 80 layoffs, Nexteer Automotive union employees are getting a second chance.
Workers will once again be asked to approve a new contract that officials said may be the only way to keep the plant up and running.
The company said in a letter to UAW Local 699 last week that more layoffs might happen in the near future, due to the union’s 73 to 27 percent rejection of the contract.
General Motors waded into the conflict last week when it wrote in a letter to Nexteer managers that without a labor agreement, complete with wage concessions, new work wouldn't come to the plant and that they would eventually be forced to wind down operations there.
And because of that, Local 699 is going to try to vote on the contract again, this time with a better health care package but still keeping the wage concessions for skilled trades and production.
Union officials told TV5 the revote is the result of petitions circulating around the plants asking for another vote over the concern that more than 500 jobs scheduled to come to the complex might be scrapped.
"We are pleased that the UAW is scheduling a second vote for the ratification of Nexteer’s proposed contract tomorrow," said Mike Gannon, Nexteer VP of business strategy and HR. "This is a critical step to ensuring job security for our employees and economic growth for the community."
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