Recession's Over: GM Hires New Employees, Not Laid-Off Workers, to Build Cadillac ATS

By Joel Arellano | May 16, 2012
Officially, the U.S. recession ended two years ago. Corporations, apparently, have not caught the news, busily reaping the benefits of their newly purchased government representatives or reorganizing as their executives soar away on their golden parachutes. The auto industry seems to be the sole exception. One of the last major manufacturing industries still left in the U.S. (have you checked where your smartphones and TVs are built?), the "Detroit Three" -- Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors -- have been building products that even the most ardent American car-phobic fanboy admits are actually, well, decent. Chrysler, Ford, and GM are on hiring sprees to meet the demand. The latter is hiring 600 new employees to staff the second shift of its Lansing, Michigan, plant. While any company hiring is newsworthy, the Lansing news is exceptional because the employees are brand-spanking new, having never worked directly for GM. You see, most auto workers are union members whose bylaws require Chrysler, Ford, and GM to hire its members first for a job opening. GM spokesperson Bill Grotz, though, states all eligible laid-off members have already been considered and offered employment. Over 450 of the new positions at the Lansing facility have been filled, though applicants for all 600 positions have been selected, i.e., don't waste your time submitting your resume. The new hires are training to assemble the all-new Cadillac ATS which go on sale in August this year. The new employees' starting salaries range between $15 to $17.50 an hour plus benefits, roughly half of other GM employees in similar jobs. Autmotive.com's take: While industry news like this may induce yawns, the takeaway here is that Cadillac is already adding a shift to its production facility before it actually begins producing any vehicles. Translation: GM thinks its luxury division has a hit on its hands, and from what we've seen of the new ATS, we're inclined to agree. Source: Detroit News
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