The lawsuit, filed in the North District of Ohio, asks the court to order GM to reconsider its decision to close factories in Baltimore; Lordstown, Ohio; and Warren, Michigan. She also claims damages for the employees concerned, including salary arrears and benefits.
UAW states that the closures violate a 2015 collective agreement that "prohibits the company from shutting down or idling any plant for the duration of the collective agreement".
The Lordstown plant is expected to close next week and the other two plants are expected to do the same in the coming months.
GM said in a statement that the company was not violating its labor contract with the union.
"The announcements made by General Motors on November 26th do not violate the provisions of the UAW-GM national agreement, and we continue to work with the UAW to find solutions to our trade problems," the statement said. communicated.
Displaced workers will have the opportunity to work in Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. Workers at the Baltimore and Warren Transmission Facilities will be offered transfer opportunities closer to the closure of their mills, GM said.
GM's new motto is "Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions, Zero Congestion", which switches to autonomous electric vehicles. But the restructuring is also aimed at making cars that people currently want. Customers are increasingly avoiding sedans for SUVs and sedans.
The company said the restructuring would boost efficiency and save $ 6 billion a year by the end of 2020. GM said its lean production plan would allow it to share technology on all its vehicles and reduce time and employees takes to build cars.