Report: GM Adds 100 Jobs Amid Contract Talks Down South
In August, General Motors (NYSE:GM) announced it was upping its investment at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, plants to a whopping $350 million, and included in the package was the promise of adding or keeping 1,800 jobs. That news brought praise from United Auto Workers Local 1853, but the proof has yet to fully materialize. The Daily Herald reported Thursday that GM is on the way by adding 1oo jobs to the engine plant in Spring Hill as new labor contracts are in negotiations.
According to the report, the additional engine workers will meet the demand for GM’s Ecotec 2.5-liter, four-cylinder motor f0und in the Chevy Impala and Malibu, which the automaker expects will continue to be coveted among new car buyers. The 100 employees will be hired from an existing pool of candidates, Kristy Bergstrom, GM’s Spring Hill plant spokeswoman, said to The Daily Herald.
The newspaper also noted that contract talks between General Motors and the local UAW chapter were underway. The bargaining chairman of UAW Local 1853 told The Daily Herald that GM’s announcement could be considered an “outcropping” of negotiations that are ongoing. While 100 jobs are significant, the figure remains a fraction of the 1,800 jobs GM planned to add or retain in connection with Spring Hill plant production.