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GM Talks End With Little Progress

July 6, 1998

FLINT, Mich. (AP) _ Negotiations to end two crippling strikes at General Motors Corp. ended Sunday with no settlement, a company spokesman said.

Talks between GM and the United Auto Workers were held throughout the holiday weekend and were to continue on Monday, GM spokesman Pete Ternes said.

``The talks have been somewhat constructive,″ Ternes said. ``But we haven’t made any progress.″

``I think it’s just the sense that both sides see the urgency″ of settling, he said.

Since the June 5 UAW strikes at two Flint, Mich., plants, 26 of the company’s 29 major assembly plants in North America have been idled. The strikes also have idled nearly 172,000 GM workers.

Sunday’s Detroit News reported that half of GM’s remaining 850,000 cars and trucks probably will disappear by August if U.S. auto buyers continue their current buying spree.

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