http://www.daytondailynews.com/b/content/oh/story/business/2008/08/04/ddn080408gmtalksweb.htmlMORAINE — How does a union negotiate a contract governing workers whose plant is expected to close?
Representatives of the International Union of Electronic Workers-Communication Workers of America will find out this week when they resume talks with counterparts from General Motors Corp.
Contract talks started at the Dryden Road IUE-CWA center last October. They're set to resume Tuesday, Aug. 5.
"There are uncharted waters," said Jim Clark, president of the IUE-CWA. "I don't think we've ever seen GM as unsteady as it is."
But there is still plenty to discuss between the two sides — including the possibility of transferring IUE-CWA workers to plants represented by the United Auto Workers, according to a union handbill. For example, the automaker's plant in Lordstown, in Northeast Ohio, is adding a shift and expecting a new GM product, the Chevrolet Cruze. The Lordstown plant is UAW-represented.
Gaylen Turner, president of IUE-CWA Local 798, noted that the GM-Moraine plant opened its doors to UAW members displaced by the closing of GM's Norwood plant in the Cincinnati area in the early 1990s. The question now is: Will the UAW open its doors to IUE-CWA members?
"We're not giving up as a union in trying to maintain a workplace and a facility over there," Clark said, referring to the Moraine plant. "A lot of things change."