The addition of 1,400 jobs at GM Lord...

The addition of 1,400 jobs at GM Lordstown will have a ripple effect in the local economy.

There are 67 comments on the story from Jun 16, 2008, titled The addition of 1,400 jobs at GM Lordstown will have a ripple effect in the local economy.. In it, reports that:

' Be prepared for the Mahoning Valley's economy to ripple with the addition of 1,400 jobs at the General Motors Corp.

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Kansas City, MO

#1 Jun 19, 2008
I am happy for the jobs but frankly 14.00 per hour will not support a family. They cannot buy a home and even pay for the car they are building for that. Only singles and no children couples both working could maybe do it. KC just started the two tier- They came to the current temps(many had been in the loop for 2 yrs) and told them they would hire them if they took a 7.00 hour cut,almost no benefits and they had 20 minutes to decide. Many single parent families were devastated. I know many think only uneducated people work there but I have 4 family members there 2 with college degrees. Many single parents work there supporting children with only one income. The old temps were led to believe they would not be included in this system because they had been" on the rolls" before the contract. Also the 2nd tier worker would not have hard jobs for that wage but it was a bate and switch by the company and the union- Easy jobs for high senority and hard for lower wages.They are suppose to get ins because they have over 90 days but now they are stuck with lower wages and no insurance until a Sept meeting. Very discouraging. But the people working for Toyota have is worse. See the blogs. Plus the starting pay at GM was 18.68 with cost of living of 2.00 and shift premium of 5%. It took them 3 years to reach max. Much of the cost attributed to auto workers are perks the company has offered them that most never use. But they like to throw that out when they want to show auto workers are over paid. Get real the poverty line for a family of 4 is about 26000 and at 14.00 you are not much over that at 29,120.00. All to save 300 per car? Just think how much the foreign car market is making off america since they do not treat their people near that well and the profits go back to Japan.

Akron, OH

#2 Jun 21, 2008
wow kc is clueless the cost of living is next to nothing in Lordstown and your calculations are off they are getting a .24 cents an hr plus 5 percent shift premium for second and 10 percent shift premium on third on top of that saturdays are time and a half plus anything over 8 hrs in one day is time and a half...your are oblivious to what is going on inside the plant...the temps will recieve decent benefits within 7 months and at the next contract negogiation in 2 yrs they will be recieving a tier 1 promotion so until you know the facts and what is going on inside lordstown assembly you can stay quiet.your negativity is not needed nor appreciated...General motors hiring is the best news in over 30 years to the valley and the reason forgein car markets are banging is because the american people are buying forgein number 1 number 2 export and import tax for forgein car makers due to nafta puts usa at a disadvantage

Corry, PA

#3 Jun 25, 2008
How dose a person submit a application to the work at the plant?
Spell Check

Cranberry Twp, PA

#4 Jun 27, 2008
Bryan wrote:
How dose a person submit a application to the work at the plant?
Knot sure Brian. Maybe they just go and nock on the dour.

Youngstown, OH

#6 Jun 28, 2008
Bryan wrote:
How dose a person submit a application to the work at the plant?
You either need to know someone who works at the plant to put ur name in as a refferal, then be pulled through a lottery system...or if you go through Job and Family Services One Stop, located in Trumbull or Mahoning Counties, I believe it is now listed on their website. You might want to google the One Stop, I think my friend said she saw it listed yesterday.
The man who knows

Youngstown, OH

#8 Jul 5, 2008
GM will hire these people, but it's a scam... Watch and see, that's all I have to say.
Retired GM

Anderson, IN

#9 Jul 6, 2008
Just remember that before anyone can be hired from the outside that GM workers from closed GM locations will have the opportunity to transfer in. A lot of Memorandums of Understanding from locations such as Delphi and divested plants that were formerly GM may apply also. Then the hiring from the street process can begin.

Orchard Park, NY

#10 Jul 7, 2008
One of the business team leaders (a salaried position)in the GM plant where I work informed the union that he was submitting two names into the lottory and he fully expected that those names would be pulled out of the hat!

Carrollton, OH

#11 Jul 7, 2008
Bryan wrote:
How dose a person submit a application to the work at the plant?
On their KNEES!

Carrollton, OH

#12 Jul 7, 2008
Retired GM wrote:
Just remember that before anyone can be hired from the outside that GM workers from closed GM locations will have the opportunity to transfer in. A lot of Memorandums of Understanding from locations such as Delphi and divested plants that were formerly GM may apply also. Then the hiring from the street process can begin.
There will be NO off the street hiring,period.Ask Jim "Big Daddy" Graham..I have watched many insane changes at this plant for close to 35 years.Guess what,it Always got worse...If not for inflated fuel prices,this shop would be on the chopping block next.Nothing about Quality keeps it going.There is No loyalty within thwe Rank&File.The union is sleeping with company..WARNING;Do not plan to retire from this plant if you do not have + 30 years now.Its clock is ticking!
Anthony Belle

Cleveland, OH

#13 Jul 8, 2008
I have not seen anything about hiring at GM Lordstown at the Ohio One Stop web site. Must be a big secret.

United States

#14 Jul 13, 2008

Buena Park, CA

#15 Jul 14, 2008
I have worked for GM (janesville) for over 20 years. I told BILL BOGGS (the director of manufacturing) 3 years ago to go back to cars. He didn't listen, so now everyone in Janesville is paying the price for his short-sidedness. His comment at the time was that the trucks were high profit vehicles. Here is what GREED by a major manufacturing company gets them: BIT IN THE A**!
May heaven help those people in GM who are getting laid off. Relocating is never easy!

Buena Park, CA

#16 Jul 14, 2008

Two people at my plant just relocated to Lordstown. They were told to be there today (july 14)ready to work. The third shift will not start til sept or oct this year. I also have two more friends who have relocated to Orion Mi. also this week. So to answer your question no they aren't done hiring.
Truth be Told

Youngstown, OH

#17 Jul 15, 2008
First off, I am not a big fan of the auto makers being from MI in the 70's - in fact, MI had the slogan; "will the last one out of MI please turn off the lights”.

That being said, I think the Unions have done a decent job with respect to protecting jobs, making sure jobs are offered to laid off employees first etc… It is unfortunate that wages had to be decreased; however, I would rather work for less money then no money at all. I hear people complaining about the $14/hr jobs in Lordstown. Well $14/hr in the Youngstown area is still a very decent wage and the last time I checked there are not a whole lot of jobs available paying more. In fact, unless you have a degree or want to drive over the road, there are no other jobs paying that much. OK, yes, the prison does; but you have to have an in there as well and if I had to choose I would choose the line all day before babysitting inmates.

One day we will look back on this, just like we look back on the 70’s and realize that for all the whining and complaining we did – somehow we still made it through. 30 years ago I thought I was a goner … today I have a nice home, a loving wife, and some money in the bank. Are times tough … YES!! But we will make it though and perhaps we will even be a little better because of the process.
Chris from Waren

United States

#18 Jul 15, 2008
I have a friend who got hired and is in her 2nd week. She likes the job and recommended it to me. I also have some friends who have been with the company for 30 years. They are interested in referring me but I don't know the process in which to do this. I went to Trumbull County One-Stop and the information they gave me there did not mention anything about the referrals from current employes. Can someone help me concerning this process?
Mommyof4 from Youngstown

Mansfield, OH

#19 Jul 15, 2008
My husband was hired right through the OneStop office. You have to be registered there and submit a resume to an address in Detroit. I mailed his out and 1 week later he was contacted. He started work on July 7th. All the new employees have been told they are temporary with no definate end date. The wage is 14.12/hr with a differential of 5% for second shift & 10% for third. So, CitizenCan is 100% husband was not put in through the lottery & he will be receiving his first pay this Friday :)
Chris from Warren

United States

#20 Jul 16, 2008
Thank you Mommyof4. I am going to apply then with the information from OneStop and continue with my contact. I spoke to them yesterday and they said that they just received a flyer about the referrals and that they only have one per employee. They are going to check and see if anyone in their family is interested and if not then they will get back to me. If you could though, can you tell how long the hiring process was all the way to his start date? Do you also know if there is a benefit package with these positions?
Mommyof4 from Youngstown

Mansfield, OH

#21 Jul 16, 2008
He was contacted on a wednesday night, went to Lordstown High School on Monday morning for a 4 hour test, then had a phone interview 2 days later. He was told at the end of his interview that if he was selected he would be contacted by phone sometime in the next couple weeks, well he recieved a call 4 hours later offering him a job. He then had to begin training that Monday, full time. They don't give you any opportunity to give your current employer any notice :) There is actually no benefit package for the temp workers, and if you are hired permenant you still have to wait 7 months for any type of medical coverage (they were told at orientation). Hope this helps...

Garrettsville, OH

#22 Jul 16, 2008
Stop whining .. $14/hour is a good starting wage. This is great news for the Mahoning Valley, and it's beneficial effects will ripple throughout this whole region of the nation.

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