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UAW, Lear Reach Tentative Deal

August 28, 1998

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) _ A tentative labor agreement has been reached at an automotive parts plant here, averting a strike that could have interrupted production of seats used in two General Motors Corp. car lines.

Hours before a strike deadline, Lear Corp. and the union representing 320 workers reached a tentative three-year agreement. The Lear plant in Lordstown makes seats for Chevrolet Cavaliers and Pontiac Sunfires.

Details of the three-year deal, reached Thursday night, were not immediately released. The key issue in the talks was pay. A ratification vote was scheduled for Sunday.

A walkout could have quickly affected an adjacent General Motors assembly plant, which doesn’t store many parts. The assembly plant employs more than 6,000 workers.

Karen Stewart, a spokeswoman for Lear, said the Southfield, Mich.-based company is pleased an agreement was reached, but declined to elaborate.

United Auto Workers Local 1112 Vice President Darwin Cooper said the agreement provides a raise above the roughly $10 an hour workers now earn at Lear. Most UAW members earn $18 an hour to $20 an hour.

Lear managed the seating plant for GM for several years, using GM workers laid off elsewhere. But now Lear has its own work force, which recently voted for UAW representation.

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