DETROIT — The UAW’s lawsuit against General Motors over the shutdown of plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland would be dropped if workers approve a proposed labor contract with the automaker.
The tentative agreement reached between GM and the union last week says the case will be permanently dismissed and the matter would be eligible for arbitration instead.
UAW members who transferred from an affected plant to avoid being laid off could benefit under arbitration, and employees who lost wages during the transfer could be made whole, according to the proposed agreement.
GM, in its 2015 contract with the UAW, agreed to refrain from closing or idling plants. The union argued that GM violated that agreement by “unallocating” products from the Lordstown Complex in Ohio, Baltimore Operations in Maryland and Warren Transmission in Michigan. The plants officially remained on active status even after production stopped earlier this year.
If UAW members ratify the labor deal, those…