ROANOKE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) – Managers at Fort Wayne's General Motors Truck Assembly Plant say booming sales are driving them to hire part-time temporary workers to meet customer demand for their product.
GM says the public wants full-size pickup trucks right now in a big way, and production is increasing to meet that demand.
To help manage production schedules with employee vacation time, job changes and illness, the Fort Wayne plant is hiring more than 200 part-time workers in the next 8 weeks.
These positions pay $16.67 an hour and work a maximum of 32 hours a week.
After 90 days, employees are eligible for some benefits, and additional benefits are available after 120 days.
Extra staffing is needed right now.
"The demand for the Chevy full sized trucks is really high, and for that we're running maximum overtime here and a lot of additional week-end work, and so for that we're going to add some additional people here to help us," said Human Resources Site Director Jeffrey Morris.
"It's a great way to be making some really good money, but it is part-time, so you get your 32 hours. It's really important to keep in mind, you have to be available for any shift, this is a flexible temporary position, so that it gets moved around where the need is," said GM plant spokesperson Stephanie Mack.
Here are some requirements for the job:
- Must be 18 years of age or older an eligible to work in the US
- Able to satisfactorily complete the General Motors hiring process requirements, which include comprehensive assessments, hair drug testing and a background check
- Be available to work flexible hours and all shifts (1st, 2nd and 3rd), as well as overtime hours on those shifts with little notice
If you’d like to apply, click here.
Fort Wayne's NBC reached out to union officials for their take on the hiring news.
Rich LeTourneau, the bargaining chairman for Local 2209, said workers who've come down with COVID-19 infections and others who have had to quarantine because of being in close contact with sick workers are the main reasons behind the campaign to hire part-time workers.
LeTourneau says he has no beef with General Motors specifically, but he said, "If safety is the overriding priority of all Americans why are we running any industries until we get wide distribution of COVID vaccines."
He went on to say, "The hypocrisy we're displaying in America has no boundaries because we're sending a mixed message."
His concern is the country insists safety from the virus is critical, yet we still have people working in close proximity to one another to keep turning out product.