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4:41 pm
Thu November 12, 2009

GM offers jobs in Lansing to idled UAW workers

CHATTANOOGA, TENN – General Motors has offered union workers at the automaker's soon-to-be idled Spring Hill assembly plant 840 jobs at Lansing's Delta Township facility, where GM is relocating production of the Chevrolet Traverse.

More than 2,000 GM workers will be idled when assembly lines at GM's plant south of Nashville shut down Nov. 25.

United Auto Workers Local 1853 President Mike O'Rourke said Thursday that a GM offer for some UAW workers to move was expected, but the 775 production and 65 skilled trades jobs are a "very positive number" for Spring Hill workers.

GM representatives did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.

O'Rourke predicts 840 workers will go. He said "for some folks, it's going home, and for some others it's, 'I've got to feed my family."'