ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A United Auto Workers executive says the union is open to expanding a wage structure with lower-paid workers to keep General Motors Co. factories open or reopen idled plants.
The Detroit Free Press reports Tuesday UAW Vice President Joe Ashton says the union “will look at anything when it comes to negotiations that will retain jobs.” He spoke at GM’s Orion Township plant, which has at least 40 percent of its hourly workers making roughly half the standard $28-an-hour wage.
The Oakland County plant was set to close until GM agreed to build subcompacts in the U.S.
In contract talks this year, Ashton said the UAW will seek to reopen plants in Spring Hill, Tenn., and Janesville, Wis. It also will try to prevent closure of a Shreveport, La., plant.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com