Labor Day thanks to GM workers

September 03, 2010

Labor Day is a national tribute to American workers who have contributed to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. It is my belief that our GM Baltimore Transmission plant team members and partners of United Auto Workers Local 239 embody the character of Labor Day as much as any other workforce in American history.

At this time last year, General Motors had just emerged from bankruptcy thanks to the American public, and we were all unsure about our future and our company. Today, employees are feeling good about General Motors and the environmental green products GM Baltimore Transmission plant is producing, such as our hybrid transmission.

We've had much to celebrate this past year – winning an investment of $246 million to build the first global rear-drive electric motor in the U.S., a core technology for hybrids and electric vehicles, while adding almost 200 additional jobs. This investment secures our position as part of the future of transportation

But what makes me most confident about the future is the fortitude and dedication our team has shown through trying economic times and in the face of uncertainty.

On this Labor Day, I wanted to publicly recognize the hard work and tireless efforts of our UAW Local 239 partners and everyone at GM Baltimore Transmission plant, where the true spirit of American labor lives on. Thank you for the quality of craft, work ethic, strength and tenacity.

Bill Tiger

The writer is plant manager of General Motors' Baltimore Transmission Operations.

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