UAW organizes GM salaried workers

UAW organizes GM salaried workers – Developments in Industrial Relations

George Ruben

The Auto Workers attained an organizing victory at General Motors Corp. (GM) when salaried employees at the company’s payroll check processing operation in Flint, mi, voted to be represented by the union. The tally was 32 – 28, with one eligible employee not voting. Despite several attempts in recent years, this was the union’s first win among salaried employees at Flint since 1972, when about 30 nurses at the Buick Motor Division voted for Auto Workers representation.

A union representative said, “we’ve got a lot of other salaried (organizing) drives going, but this one was the toughest and most important of all, because we actually got into a salaried unit.” The union claimed that the organizing success at Flint was aided by GM’s 1988 decision to increase health insurance deductibles, which angered employees.

An administrator of the cheek processing unit said, “we are disappointed . . . but we do respect our employees’ right to be represented by a union.”

Nationwide, fewer than 300 of GM’s 108,000 salaried employees belong to the Auto Workers, according to the company. The union represents all of GM’s 335,000 production workers, except for 20,000 represented by the Electronic Workers and 4,000 represented by the Rubber Workers.

Elsewhere in the industry, the Auto Workers represents production workers and some nonmanagement salaried employees at Chrysler Corp. and production workers at Ford Motor Co.

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