Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

GM, Union Reach Tentative Agreement to End Strike

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

GM, Union Reach Tentative Agreement to End Strike

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DETROIT (AP) _ General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers union reached a tentative agreement Thursday on ending a parts plant strike that crippled production of some of the automaker's hottest-selling vehicles.

The two-day strike by 3,500 workers at a plant in Anderson, Ind., led to the shutdown of 13 assembly plants in the Midwest and Canada. The plants closed when they ran out of bumpers, exterior lights and light control parts made by the Anderson plant.

Members of UAW Local 663 in Anderson, Ind., were to meet Thursday evening to hear details of the agreement, said UAW spokesman Bob Barbee in Detroit.

"I have every expectation that some of them will be going back in to work tonight to set up the plant," Barbee said.

By Thursday, at least 13 GM assembly plants had closed and nearly 43,000 workers were sent home or told not to report for duty.

GM spokesman John Shea said ratification of the agreement would mean the factory could be back in production Friday, but the 13 assembly plants probably would be idle until sometime next week.

The plants build some of GM's most popular models, including full-size pickup trucks and the new Chevrolet Luminas and Monte Carlos.

The strike occurred Tuesday at the Inland Fisher Guide plant after bargainers failed to settle disputes over local issues, including GM's transfer of work from the plant to outside contractors.

Thursday's settlement wasn't likely to head off additional plant closings, because it would take a couple of days to refill the parts pipeline.

"Each plant that is still operating that gets parts from Anderson, when they run out of parts they run out of parts," Shea said. "It does take time to get things into the pipeline."

Ward's Automotive Reports, an industry journal, estimated GM's production loss from the strike and shutdowns would total 20,000 vehicles this week. …

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