Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing

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GM Brake Plant Strike May Halt U.S. Production

About 3,000 workers went on strike Tuesday at two General Motors Corp. factories that supply brakes to nearly all the company's assembly plants, threatening to disrupt production at the No. 1 automaker.

Members of the United Auto Workers union cited job security and worker safety in walking off the job at the two Delphi Chassis System plants in Dayton, Ohio. They produce parts used on nearly all GM cars and trucks.

A GM spokesman said the strike would have no immediate effect on other GM operations. A three-day strike at the plants two years ago idled five GM assembly plants.

Analysts said the latest dispute could hurt GM automobile production if it is not quickly resolved.

Associated Press

Peabody, Western Miners Agree To Extend Contract

Peabody Holding Co. said Tuesday it had agreed with union miners in three Western states to extend their labor contract until Aug. 31, 2000. The contract with the United Mine Workers of America was due to expire May 11, 1997. Union members ratified the contract Monday.

Peabody, based in St. Louis, is the nation's biggest coal producer. The agreement affects about 800 employees at four strip mines in Arizona, Colorado and Montana.

The contract includes a one-time early retirement incentive plan for about 160 union miners who are 55 or older on March 31.

Post-Dispatch

New Postal Rates Reward Business Mail Automation

The Postal Service is changing its rate structure, but the cost of a letter or postcard for individuals will stay the same.

Beginning July 1, the new rates will reward businesses that use automation. First-class rates will go down a penny for businesses that sort mail by city, designated by the first three digits of a zip code. The reduction is 2 cents for businesses that offer barcoded and carrier-route sorted mail using all five digits. …

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