Muncie To Buy Former GM Factory Land To Build Solar Farm

Jan 26, 2021
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The city of Muncie is buying the former GM factory property on the city’s Southside.  Officials want to turn it into a solar panel farm to generate power.

The former General Motors factory was closed in 2006 and the property has sat largely vacant since the buildings were demolished. Muncie will purchase 53 acres from the trust that owns the land. Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour says solar panels will be added to generate more than 24 million kWh of energy.

This Time, Pence Wears A Mask As He Tours Indiana Plant

Apr 30, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, he wore a mask. Vice President Mike Pence donned a face covering as he toured a General Motors/Ventec ventilator production facility in Indiana on Thursday. He had come under fire for failing to wear one earlier this week at the Mayo Clinic. Pence on Thursday toured the General Motors facility in Kokomo, which has already manufactured hundreds of the units. The visit came hours after Pence's wife, second lady Karen Pence, defended her husband's decision to not wear a mask during a Tuesday visit to the Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 31 additional deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 844. The state announced nearly 16,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 84,000 Hoosiers tested.

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KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — General Motors in Kokomo is hiring for more than 1,000 full- and part-time workers in Kokomo to help it meet demand for medical ventilators during the coronavirus outbreak. GM has said it wants to produce 30,000 ventilators by the end of August. The starting wage for the temporary positions starts at $16.67 per hour. The work is for a minimum of eight to 10 hours per day.  Part-time employees will work 16-32 hours per week. A virtual job fair will be held at 11 a.m. May 6 to help applicants learn more about the opportunities.

Pence To Visit Kokomo GM Plant To Highlight Ventilators

Apr 22, 2020
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KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Kokomo next week to highlight the production of ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic. Pence’s office announced Wednesday that the former Indiana governor on April 30 will visit a General Motors electronics plant that has been retooled to make the medical devices. Additional details will be released later. On March 18, GM began working with Seattle-area ventilator maker Ventec Life Systems to increase the company’s production.

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President Donald Trump ordered General Motors on Friday to accelerate ventilator production under the Defense Production Act. 

A week ago, GM announced it was partnering with Ventec Life Systems to build ventilators in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

GM Plans To Pull Out Of Australia, New Zealand And Thailand

Feb 17, 2020
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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it's pulling out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that don't produce adequate returns on investments, dismaying officials concerned over job losses.

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More than 200 General Motors temporary workers were let go over the weekend at the Fort Wayne Assembly plant.

Under the terms of the latest contract, GM recently converted more than 900 temporary workers to full-time status in plants around the U.S., including about 150 workers at the Fort Wayne Assembly location.

Officials with GM and United Automobile Workers local 2209 say they were unable to come to an agreement to hire the laid-off temporary workers. A GM spokesperson said in a statement they were willing to hire the group part-time.

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United Automobile Workers ratified a new four year contract with General Motors Friday afternoon. Indiana local chapters were split on approving the contract but workers are heading back to work.

Those outside GM Fort Wayne Assembly plant Friday afternoon began cleaning up the picket line as word came down that the contract had been ratified. Some signed each other’s’ picket signs and took photos to commemorate the moment.

BREAKING: GM Workers Ratify Contract, Ending Contentious 40-Day Strike

Oct 25, 2019

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A contentious 40-day strike that crippled General Motors' U.S. production came to an end Friday as workers approved a new contract with the company.

UAW Members Continue Vote, Await Friday's Final Tally

Oct 24, 2019
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Hoosier United Automobile Workers members continue to participate in the national strike outside General Motors facilities awaiting the ratification of a new contract.

Bedford UAW Local 440 president Kevin Hutchinson says the tentative agreement addresses a variety of topics that he felt membership should vote on first before going back to work.

Workers At Large GM Plant In Michigan Approve Contract

Oct 23, 2019
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DETROIT (AP) — Workers at one of the largest General Motors factories have voted to ratify a new contract with the company, an indication that a five-week strike could be coming to an end.

GM Workers To Stay On Picket Line Until Vote On New Contract

Oct 17, 2019
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DETROIT (AP) — Striking General Motors workers will stay on the picket lines for several more days until they vote on a tentative four-year contract agreement with the company.

Union Boosts Strike Pay For GM Workers As Talks Continue

Oct 13, 2019
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NEW YORK (AP) — United Auto Workers is increasing strike pay for union workers picketing at General Motors as it continues to negotiate with the company nearly four weeks after more than 49,000 employees walked off factory floors.

The union said that weekly pay will rise to $275 from $250 for members on strike, effective today (Sunday, Oct. 13.) It moves up the timing of a $25 weekly raise that had been planned to go into effect on Jan. 1. The union also voted to allow members to take part-time jobs and continue to receive strike pay, as long as they perform their picket duty.

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It’s been about a month since the United Auto Workers went on strike against General Motors. For small communities that rely on GM plants, the financial strain is felt from striking union members to local diners and shops. While many businesses are seeing losses, some are finding ways to support workers through the strike.

Strike Leaves Union Members In Tough Financial Situations

United Way Helps UAW Members On Strike

Oct 12, 2019
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The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors is approaching one month and one local organization is preparing for an increase in needs from union members.

With bills and other expenses continuing, UAW workers on strike are feeling the pinch. Strike pay offers only $250 a week if picketing requirements are met.

Cheryl Graham is the Howard County United Way AFL-CIO director. She says union members did prepare for the strike, saving money and cutting unnecessary costs, but that will only help to a point.

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The president of the AFL-CIO visited striking auto workers from a central Indiana General Motors facility Tuesday afternoon. The stop comes as contract negotiations continue.

United Auto Workers officials released a statement Tuesday saying a contract proposal from GM failed to meet union member’s “demands or needs.”

UAW Strike Forces GM To Close Mexican Pickup Truck Factory

Oct 1, 2019
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DETROIT (AP) — A strike by the United Auto Workers union has caused a parts shortage, forcing General Motors to shut down its pickup truck and transmission factories in Silao, Mexico.

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United Auto Workers at General Motor facilities across Indiana continue to walk picket lines. No new contract agreement appears to have been struck yet.

As the national union leadership and automotive company officials negotiate a variety of contract topics including healthcare costs and higher wages, the use of temporary workers continues to be one of the top discussion points.

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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after saying coverage would be cut off.

The company says in an email to the United Auto Workers union that it will keep benefits in place due to significant confusion among members. The letter says employee health and well-being are GM's top priorities.

Workers howled and politicians criticized GM after the company said it would end benefits the day after the strike began Sept. 16.

Other Unions Join UAW Strike Outside GM Facilities

Sep 24, 2019
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Unions across the state are showing solidarity with the United Automobile Workers, joining the picket lines in support, as the strike against General Motors goes into its second week.

Leslie Lizarraga is a teacher in Fort Wayne. She held a UAW sign outside the Fort Wayne Assembly plant Saturday. She says the teachers union came out to show its support for increased wages, an issue Indiana teachers are also pushing for in their profession.

“We all have to be solid together in order to support all of us, not one of us, as a group,” says Leslie Lizarraga.

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An Indiana economist says the United Automobile Workers strike against General Motors comes at a pivotal moment for the union. 

The UAW lost about 35,000 members across the country last year. National leaders of the union say they called a strike to fight for a four-year contract that would give union workers higher wages and additional job protections at a time when the manufacturing industry is seeing reduced growth.

Ball State economist Michael Hicks says the union’s new contract with automakers will be a critical test for the UAW to show its value and maintain members.

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The United Automobile Workers strike against General Motors is forcing some Indiana companies that supply parts to the car maker to shut down. 

The union picketing entered its third day Wednesday after the UAW called for the strike against GM at midnight Sunday night. Thousands of workers in Indiana have since walked off the job.

READ MORE: UAW Workers Strike At Largest GM Facility In Indiana 

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With the United Automobile Workers strike against General Motors entering day two, the union says it’s focused on a new contract that would bring members back to work. However one Indiana union representative sees the strike as a bigger issue for American workers.

UAW officials say they’re negotiating for fair terms in wages, healthcare and temporary workers.

Rich LeTourneau is the shop chairman of UAW Local 2209 near Fort Wayne. He says the strike sends a message to the whole country.

UAW Official: GM's Offer Came Too Late To Avoid Strike

Sep 16, 2019
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DETROIT (AP) — A strike by over 49,000 United Auto workers against General Motors could have been averted had the company made its latest offer sooner, the union's top negotiator said in a letter to the company.

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General Motors officials announced Thursday they plan to invest about $24 million into the company’s Fort Wayne assembly plant. The facility is benefitting from the company’s push to make and sell more trucks, while other locations across North America have been shut down.

GM Announces Jobs, Electric Vehicle After Trump Criticism

Mar 22, 2019

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit.

The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion Township, Michigan, to manufacture a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt.