General Motors

Lisa Autry

General Motors workers in Kentucky and seven other states are transitioning from temporary to permanent employment.  The automaker announced on Wednesday that 1,350 temps will gain full benefits by the end of March.

One of the main sticking points in last fall’s contract negotiations between GM and the UAW was the use of temporary workers.  Those employees typically put in full-time hours, but don’t have many of the same benefits as permanent employees. 

Lisa Autry

The Corvette Assembly Plant returned to full operations on Tuesday following a nearly six-week strike between General Motors and the United Autoworkers Union.

The plant is in the process of adding a second shift and around 400 workers to accommodate production of the next generation Corvette, known as the C8.  Many of the workers have come from shuttered GM plants in Michigan and Ohio.  Plant Manager Kai Spande says the transfers are undergoing several months of training.

Lisa Autry

Workers in Kentucky and eight other states have begun voting on a tentative labor deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union.

The proposed agreement represents $7.7 billion in investments in factories and additional employees.

Other highlights of the tenative contract include an $11,000 ratification bonus for full-time employees and $4,500 for temporary workers.

Lisa Autry

Striking General Motors employees in Bowling Green and across the nation could be headed back to work in a few days. 

GM and the United Autoworkers Union have reached a tentative deal over a new contract that would end a month-long work stoppage.

"We can confirm the UAW’s statement regarding a proposed tentative agreement," said Dan Flores, Manager of GM Corporate News Relations. "Additional details will be provided at the appropriate time."

Lisa Autry

As a national strike against General Motors enters a fifth week, the broader costs of the work stoppage are being felt in Kentucky, but not to the same degree as other states with GM facilities. 

The Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green has nearly 900 hourly workers.

A report by the Center for Automotive Research ranks Kentucky as the least hardest hit among the nine states where GM has manufacturing operations.  Still, weekly compensation in the bluegrass state is estimated to decline by more than $17 million as long as the strike lasts.  State and federal governments are losing more than $2 million a week in personal income taxes from Kentucky’s GM workers.

Lisa Autry

Some hourly workers at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green say they’ll remain on the picket line as long as it takes to get a fair contract with General Motors.  Some local workers are struggling financially but remain steadfast as a national strike enters week four.

After making some progress on major sticking points, talks broke down over the weekend, reportedly over moving production from Mexico to the U.S.  The UAW’s chief negotiator said bargaining had "taken a turn for the worse."

Lisa Autry

General Motors is restoring health care to hourly workers in Bowling Green, and across the nation, who are on strike for a second week. 

The reinstatement of medical benefits could signal that GM and the United Auto Workers union are closer to reaching a new contract that would end the work stoppage.

The nation’s number one automaker announced it would end company-paid health insurance the day after the strike began on September 16. 

Lisa Autry

The impact of the national strike by United Auto Workers at General Motors plants across the country is starting to hit home in Bowling Green.

Some of the 900 hourly workers at the GM Corvette Assembly Plant in Warren County are walking the picket lines for a second week as the two sides try to reach a new contract. 

John Silver works in the body shop at the plant.  He says the only pay he and other hourly workers are receiving is $250 a week from the union.

“It will pay for your gas back and forth and will buy you a couple of sandwiches, but you ain’t gonna pay your bills with it or your rent," Silver told WKU Public Radio.

Lisa Autry

General Motors employees in Bowling Green are back on the picket lines for the second day of a nationwide strike. 

The automaker and union are at an impasse over a new contract.  Nearly 50,000 hourly workers are seeking better pay, benefits, and job security.

In a move that surprised local union leaders on Tuesday, GM shifted employee healthcare costs to the UAW.  The union wanted the automaker to cover those costs through the end of the month.

Lisa Autry

There are no cars rolling off the assembly line in Bowling Green, or for that matter, any General Motors Plant in the nation.

About 900 hourly workers at the Corvette Assembly Plant are on strike after negotiations over a new labor contract hit a stalemate.

Some of the workers in Bowling Green are picketing outside the Corvette Assembly Plant,  joining roughly 49,000 of their counterparts in the first nationwide strike involving GM since 2007.

General Motors

General Motors says it will make a major announcement on Thursday afternoon at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green. 

CEO Mary Barra and other top executives will reportedly announce the factory will build the new mid-engine Corvette and begin a second shift to meet demand for the C8, the eigth generation of the sports car.

GM also plans to relocate several hundred laid off workers from other GM plants to the Bowling Green plant.

Bowling Green Corvette Assembly plant

General Motors announced on Nov. 26 the closing of five plants. The Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky is not among the five set to cease production next year.

General Motors is calling the closing of five plants a "transformation" and in its corporate announcement said the company is going to focus on trucks, crossovers, SUVs and electric vehicles.

In the announcement, GM made no mention of the iconic Corvette that’s been produced only in Bowling Green since 1981. GM Detroit-based spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said the Bowling Green facility is not impacted by the Nov. 26 announcement.


Kentucky officials say General Motors Corp. plans to invest $290 million at the automaker's Corvette plant in Bowling Green.

The company's North American manufacturing manager, Arvin Jones, said Friday the investment includes technology upgrades to improve the plant's manufacturing process. It could also create as many as 270 new jobs.

The investment announcement was made by Gov. Matt Bevin's office in Frankfort.

Bevin's office says the investment includes a $153 million project aimed at improving vehicle assembly line processes. The latest investment follows a series of upgrades and expansions in recent years at the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green.

To encourage the investment, Kentucky officials recently gave preliminary approval for GM to qualify for up to $3 million in tax incentives, based on the level of investment and job creation.

National Corvette Museum

General Motors Co. says work will begin in January to restore two prized Chevrolet Corvettes extracted from a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green

GM has received two of the classic vehicles that were among eight gobbled up by a 40-foot-wide by 60-foot deep hole in February at the museum. Among them is the 1 millionth Corvette, a 1992 model, which had significant damage.

Sales incentives helped U.S. auto sales rise in July, as major auto companies reported selling more than 120,000 more vehicles than the same month last year. GM retained its spot as the U.S. sales leader.

Sales of passenger cars rose by nearly 5 percent this July compared to last year, with sales of light trucks even higher, at 13.4 percent, according to data released Friday by research firm Autodata Corp.

GM sold 256,160 vehicles last month, beating Toyota's 215,802 and Ford's 211,467.