Competition in the auto industry may be creating pressure to outsource jobs at Janesville's GM plant.
According to a weekly newsletter distributed to members of UAW local 95 in Janesville, GM wants to outsource housekeeping and janitorial maintenance jobs. Union officials in Janesville are feeling pressure to do this since these jobs at the Arlington Texas plant will be performed by a private contractor by 2008.
According to the shop newsletter, GM recently announced that based on its market share it has four-to-five too many assembly plants. SUV sales have decreased by more than 200-thousand units a year which is the equivalent of one assembly plant's production.
Union leaders declined to talk about the issue since it's, they say, a bargaining issue.