Local autoworkers endorse agreements with GM Members vote approval of three-year contract by overwhelming margin

November 17, 1996|By Ted Shelsby | Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF

Hourly workers at the General Motors Corp. van assembly plant in Southeast Baltimore voted heavily yesterday in favor of a three-year labor contract covering working conditions at the local plant.

Members of United Auto Workers Local 239 also overwhelmingly approved the national agreement negotiated between GM and the UAW on Nov. 2.

More than 90 percent of the workers voted in favor of the two agreements, which the union had classified as fair and equitable.

The local contract covers working conditions at the Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari plant on Broening Highway, including staffing levels, sanitation and job classification. Wages, job protection and fringe benefits are covered by the national agreement.

Charles R. Alfred, president of Local 239, said union and management at the Baltimore plant have also agreed to work more closely together to boost the plant's efficiency to help secure its long-term future.

GM has indicated that it will redesign the vans made here for the 2004 model year. It has not decided if the new vans will be made in Baltimore or elsewhere in the nation.

GM, with 3,100 workers here, is the city's largest manufacturing employer.

Voting on the national contract by 123 locals across the United States is scheduled to be completed by this evening.

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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