Canadian Manufacturing

Judge: workers at GM plant in Ohio can continue with lawsuit against automaker, UAW over pay

Workers claim they were improperly classified as temporary employees after losing their jobs, rehired


TOLEDO, Ohio—A United States federal judge says General Motors workers in northeast Ohio can move forward with a lawsuit against the automaker and the United Auto Workers.

The union’s request to dismiss the lawsuit was turned down late last month.

Nearly 30 workers at GM’s Lordstown factory say they were improperly classified as temporary employees after losing their jobs and then being rehired.

They say the change in classification cut their pay by more than 40 per cent and are seeking back pay of $3- to $4-million.

A local union official at the Lordstown plant where GM makes the Chevy Cruze has said that the workers weren’t misrepresented.

Both the union and the company have denied the allegations in court documents.

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