Union expects GM to bring back laid-off workers

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Posted: Mar 24, 2011 12:05 PM
Union expects GM to bring back laid-off workers

The United Auto Workers union says General Motors Co. plans to recall the last 2,000 of its laid-off workers by this fall, clearing the way for new hiring at its U.S. plants.

The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report that word about the jobs came Wednesday at a union meeting in Detroit that set goals for bargaining a new labor contract with automakers later this year.

The three-day event wraps up Thursday. Joe Ashton, UAW vice president in charge of GM, says the union expects "full employment in September for the first time in a long time."

GM spokeswoman Kimberly Carpenter tells The News that GM's remaining laid-off workers are concentrated in southeastern Michigan. She declined to say where and when hiring would take place.

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