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Negotiators Reach Tentative Accord

January 28, 1985

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) _ United Auto Workers union members who walked off the job in an 11-day strike at a Corvette plant vote today on a tentative contract, and a union official predicts the pact will be approved.

″I am personally pleased with the agreement and I think this will be ratified in a membership vote,″ said Eldon Renaud, president of UAW Local 2164, as 1,600 workers prepared to vote on the settlement reached Sunday with management of the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant.

Renaud refused to discuss the local contract package, other than to say it deals primarily with classifications and job assignments according to seniority for maintenance and production workers.Work rules usually are negotiated at each auto assembly plant separately from the national contract on wages and benefits.

The auto workers walked off their jobs Jan. 16, halting production at the only plant making the GM sports car. They had been without a local agreement since Sept. 14, when the union and GM agreed on a national contract.

A man who answered the telephone at the plant Sunday said no company officials were available to comment.

The strike was the second in four months and third in two years at the assembly plant.

Local 2164 was among 17 locals across the country that struck GM for five days in September, when a contract deadline expired before company officials and union leaders could settle on a national pact. Local 2164 rejected that agreement.

The Corvette workers were off the job 10 days in August 1982 while negotiating their first local contract with the assembly plant’s management.

A tentative settlement was reached Saturday in a 12-day strike over work rules by 3,100 UAW members at a GM plant in Wentzville, Mo., where front-wheel drive Buicks and Oldsmobiles are made.

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