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Ronan Glon
Tue, June 15, 2021, 9:49 AM·3 min read



General Motors is considering loosening its drug-testing policy and raising wages in a bid to attract more workers. It has hundreds of temporary positions to fill, but the staffing agencies it works with are struggling to attract people.

The factory in Flint, Michigan, that builds the Heavy Duty variants of the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra needs 450 part-time temporary workers. About 600 miles away, the Fort Wayne Assembly factory in Roanoke, Indiana, is looking for 275 part-time temporary workers to make the 1500 versions of the Silverado and the Sierra. Filling these positions is challenging in spite of a national unemployment rate pegged at 5.8% in May 2021.

Some believe General Motors would have better luck filling vacancies if no longer required a drug test.

Ronan Glon
Tue, June 15, 2021, 9:49 AM·3 min read



General Motors is considering loosening its drug-testing policy and raising wages in a bid to attract more workers. It has hundreds of temporary positions to fill, but the staffing agencies it works with are struggling to attract people.

The factory in Flint, Michigan, that builds the Heavy Duty variants of the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra needs 450 part-time temporary workers. About 600 miles away, the Fort Wayne Assembly factory in Roanoke, Indiana, is looking for 275 part-time temporary workers to make the 1500 versions of the Silverado and the Sierra. Filling these positions is challenging in spite of a national unemployment rate pegged at 5.8% in May 2021.

Some believe General Motors would have better luck filling vacancies if no longer required a drug test.

"When you have a line of people waiting for a job, then it's OK to test [for marijuana]. But, if you don't have enough candidates, testing for marijuana might turn people off from applying," explained Eric Welter, the UAW Local 598 Shop Chairman, in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. He added younger job-seekers are particularly likely to skip an interview if they know they're going to be drug tested. General Motors generally collects hair samples, which can reveal signs of pot use even if it was consumed several weeks before someone applied for a job.

Michigan is one of the 16 states where Marijuana is legal. California is another, and many companies there have stopped screening for marijuana in recent years. It remains illegal in Indiana, however, even for medicinal use. Contacted by the Detroit Free Press, a spokesperson for the carmaker said the issue is being discussed internally.

General Motors pays hourly workers at least $16.67 an hour, according to the same report. It gives them access to paid health care after 90 days, they're awarded paid time off after 120 days, and they can apply for a permanent position after two years of temporary work. The tasks are hard, and the hours can be long, so many don't reach the two-year mark, according to union officials. "You have to start treating people right, improving your compensation and doing something different to attract employees because you’re competing with every major employer in the area. Nobody has workers," Welter said. He recommends increasing the entry-level pay to over $17 an hour.

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Re: GM needs workers so badly, it might ease its drug-testing policy
« Reply #1 on: Wed Jun 16, 2021 - 07:42:16 »
How can GM drug test for a legal substance? If a potential worker was enjoying his leisure time on a Sunday, it shouldn't be any of GMs business come Monday.

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Re: GM needs workers so badly, it might ease its drug-testing policy
« Reply #2 on: Wed Jun 16, 2021 - 07:48:26 »
Marijuana is still illegal in the United States via federal law.  States that declared it legal essentially are nullifying federal law.  That makes it incredibly murky.

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Re: GM needs workers so badly, it might ease its drug-testing policy
« Reply #3 on: Wed Jun 16, 2021 - 08:55:42 »
Marijuana is still illegal in the United States via federal law.  States that declared it legal essentially are nullifying federal law.  That makes it incredibly murky.
Not murky at all.  If it is banned at any level, it is banned. PERIOD.

IMO the Feds should crack down on dope consumption and selling in those jurisdictions calling it "ok."

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Re: GM needs workers so badly, it might ease its drug-testing policy
« Reply #4 on: Wed Jun 16, 2021 - 10:04:33 »
Not murky at all.  If it is banned at any level, it is banned. PERIOD.

IMO the Feds should crack down on dope consumption and selling in those jurisdictions calling it "ok."

It isn't banned period because the Feds allow the nullification.  Because there is no consistency in how the law is applied, it is murky.

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Re: GM needs workers so badly, it might ease its drug-testing policy
« Reply #5 on: Wed Jun 16, 2021 - 10:20:03 »
It isn't banned period because the Feds allow the nullification.  Because there is no consistency in how the law is applied, it is murky.
The only thing murky is the lack of proper enforcement.

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Re: GM needs workers so badly, it might ease its drug-testing policy
« Reply #6 on: Wed Jun 16, 2021 - 10:23:38 »
It isn't just lack of enforcement, it is the allowing of the nullification.  When conservative states floated nullification of Obamacare, blowback was swift.

 

     
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