SPRING HILL, Tenn. - Members of the United Auto Workers union in Spring Hill voted overwhelmingly Friday night to approve a new four-year contract.The tentative agreement between GM and the UAW was reached September 16.
The vote would clear the way to add 1,700 more jobs at the Spring Hill General Motors plant over the next few years.
Workers at the plant will make two midsized cars, with the first one beginning production in 2012. The second one would follow in 2013.The work was originally slated for Mexico.The contract also includes a $5,000 signing bonus and a $3.50-per-hour pay raise for some entry-level factory workers.
The new contract is expected to pass on a national level as well.
Since laying off about 2,000 workers from the Spring Hill plant in 2009, GM has invested hundreds of millions of dollars and recalled hundreds of workers to build GM's new Ecotec four-cylinder engine.
Hundreds of idled workers had relocated to GM plants in other states, but many are still in Middle Tennessee.
Union officials are optimistic that these workers who were forced to leave will return to the Spring Hill plant.