Judge denies GM motion to dismiss suit over worker transfers

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FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2010, file photo, an auto worker takes a picture of the first Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan to come off the assembly line at a ceremony inside the GM factory in Lordstown, Ohio. GM employees in Lordstown and other factories in Michigan and Maryland that are targeted to close within […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge in Ohio has denied General Motors’ request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the United Auto Workers claiming the company violated the union’s contract by not sending workers to a plant in Indiana.
  
The Warren Tribune Chronicle reports U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson ruled Friday in Youngstown that a previous union grievance didn’t demand that temporary workers at Fort Wayne be given permanent positions as GM claimed.
  
A GM spokesman declined to comment Saturday.
  
The UAW has said GM should have sent workers, including several hundred from a now shuttered assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, to the Indiana plant producing the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.
  
About 1,400 union members were working in the Lordstown plant when GM ended production of the Cruze sedan in March.

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