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Local UAW union members plan next steps after contract with GM was approved

Andrew Hyman
Updated: October 25, 2019 11:31 PM
Created: October 25, 2019 11:28 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — As the entrances outside Rochester’s General Motors are quiet, what was once a place to picket, is now empty.

With the United Auto Workers union voting to approve a new contract with General Motors on Friday, 40 days of no work, was enough to get a deal done.

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Here at the Rochester plant, there's a different feel.

"There really was nothing for us in Rochester to vote yes to," UAW 1097 President Dan Maloney said.

Maloney says, as part of the four-year contract, members everywhere will see a new signing, and health care bonus, among other perks.

Locally, he says, the company made no guarantees the plant would stay open once the contract is up.

"If we do not land new work, we're dying on the vine over the course of this four-year agreement," he said.

Now, Maloney is working with local leaders to try and bring in jobs.

So far, he's worked with Democratic Congressman, Joe Morelle, and now Rochester Chamber of Commerce President, Bob Duffy.

Maloney says the plan is to put pressure on the international union, to bring in hydrogen fuel cell jobs from overseas.

“We're fighting for jobs in this community, lord knows we need them," Maloney said.

Even with a less-than-desired outcome, Maloney says the strike is now behind them, and workers need to focus on re-adjusting on the job.

"Just get back in there, nose to the grindstone," Maloney said.

According to Maloney, workers were not called in for the upcoming weekend, but should be back to work Monday.


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