More Doom And Gloom As GM Layoffs Loom, UAW Caught Off Guard

The UAW’s decades of decline continue as GM announces another 1,000 layoffs may be in store for Tennessee.

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Following the United Auto Workers “pay-for-play” scandal, the guilty plea by one of its former leaders, and its humiliating defeat at Nissan, the UAW’s summer of bad news seems to be rolling into the fall

General Motors’ third shift will end Nov. 27 at the plant in Spring Hill, putting 1,000 jobs in jeopardy, even though sales of the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia nearly doubled this year compared to 2016.

GM executives apparently like what they see in Spring Hill, despite plans to shut down overnight operations. The Detroit automaker said Friday it will invest $294 million in the local factory soon to build a new Cadillac SUV. Industry insiders say it’s likely going to be a compact SUV.


In a message Friday to UAW members, [UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike] Herron confirmed that some third-shift employees were told of the impending layoffs by an inadvertent video message. The video played in the plant at 1 a.m. Friday and was supposed to be for a 2 p.m. Friday update for union and local elected officials, Herron wrote.

“The UAW leadership team is very upset as we had no prior knowledge of this,” Herron wrote. “We would never have allowed our members to learn of such a decision by GM in the middle of the night with no senior UAW officials present to answer questions.

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