UAW files lawsuit against GM over decision to idle car factories

The United Auto Workers union served General Motors a fresh lawsuit on Tuesday over its decision to idle four assembly plants in the U.S.

The UAW claimed in its lawsuit that GM breached its 2015 contract with the union by announcing that two car plants in Michigan and Ohio and a pair of transmission plants in Maryland and Michigan will be “unallocated” in 2019. The term means GM will not provide any new products for the plants to build after this year. In 2015, GM stated as part of its agreement with the UAW for a new labor contract that it would not “close, idle, nor partially or wholly sell, spin-off, split-off, consolidate or otherwise dispose of in any form” its facilities.