GM to recall workers, pave way for new hirings

The United Auto Workers (UAW) recently announced that General Motors will recall the last 2,000 of its laid-off workers later this year, which will allow for more automotive hiring in the future.

Joe Ashton, the UAW vice president in charge of GM, told the Detroit News that the workers will be back on the job in September.

"We will have full employment in September for the first time in a long time," he said.

According to the news source, the announcement shows that GM is recovering along with the American automotive industry. In December of this year, GM reportedly had 49,000 hourly workers and 28,000 employees with salaries on its payroll.

The news source reports that the addition of shifts at various GM plants in Michigan have added more than 1,000 jobs.

GM spokeswoman Kimberly Carpenter told the news source that once all the recalled workers are brought back, new hires will be added to the GM workforce, which at its peak in 1979 employed 618,000 people.

The Detroit Free Press reports that UAW membership increased in 2010 for the first time since 2005.