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UAW May Strike GM Plant Next Week

October 22, 1997

DETROIT (AP) _ About 1,300 workers at a General Motors Corp. engine plant could go on strike early next week if no agreement is reached on a new local contract.

The decision, approved by the United Auto Workers International, allows Local 163 members to walk off their jobs at 11:59 p.m. next Tuesday.

The Powertrain plant in the Detroit suburb of Romulus makes V-8 and V-6 engines for a variety of GM vehicles. Plant workers have been without a contract since September 1996.

Issues in the talks include health, safety and subcontracting work to independent suppliers, said UAW spokesman Reg McGhee. Talks continued Wednesday, GM and the UAW said.

``Our focus is on getting an agreement without a work stoppage,″ said Marilynn Rowe, a GM spokeswoman.

All but three of GM’s 105 UAW locals have approved local contracts. The automaker has faced six strikes so far this year, four of them involving the UAW.

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