GM, UAW Seek Pacts for Ex-Delphi Plants

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM EDT

By Thomas Hartley (Business First of Buffalo)


GM, UAW Seek Pacts for Ex-Delphi Plants

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST) -- Union workers at a Michigan plant - one of four General Motors Co. locations that formerly were owned by Delphi Corp. - are scheduled to vote again this week on a contract that they have soundly rejected in an earlier ballot.

United Auto Workers Local 167 members at the facility near Grand Rapids are preparing to cast ballots Thursday and Friday on an interim contract that reportedly contains changes from one that they turned down earlier by a nearly two-to-one margin.

Lockport's former Delphi Thermal Systems plant, and one in Rochester are two other sites where talks with GM are being conducted.

No voting has been set and no agreements have been announced at either of those locations, local UAW officials said.

The Grand Rapids Press in Michigan reported that frozen wages and a $12-an-hour starting pay are among the terms sought by GM at the four plants it bought in 2009, ten years after the automaker spun off Delphi.

GM's takeover was part of a restructuring plan that allowed Delphi to emerge last fall after four years in bankruptcy.

Gordie Fletcher, president of UAW Local 686 Unit No. 1 at Lockport, described the talks there as "discussions" rather than negotiations and said that an agreement was not close to being submitted to members for a vote.

The contract concessions are necessary for new work to be assigned to the plants, the company has said.

Fletcher said in early March that GM wanted UAW members to forego a 3.75 percent cost-of-living raise that was scheduled to go into effect in January but which has not been paid.

Jeff Pietrzyk, the UAW's international servicing representative for the Lockport and Rochester plants, said the status of talks is the same at both locations.

"It's like they talk a day here, a day there. The situation is no different than it was in early March," he said.

About 700 union members work at Lockport. Approximately 600 are employed at the Rochester plant.