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Strike Begins At Lansing GM Plants

UAW picketers photo
Scott Pohl
Pickets went up this morning at GM's Delta Township Assembly Plant. UAW workers have also begut picketing at the Grand River Assembly Plant.

Picket lines went up this morning at Lansing’s two General Motors plants.

GM workers began picketing at the Delta Township Assembly Plant and the Grand River Assembly Plant at 6 a.m., as contract talks with the United Auto Workers Union broke down.

In all, the Associated Press reports that the strike is affecting 33 plants and 22 parts warehouses in the U.S.

A UAW spokesman says the two sides are far apart in bargaining over a new four-year contract. GM counters that it has offered higher wages and $7-billion in factory improvements that they say would create hundreds of jobs.

The AP reports that bargaining will resume at 10 a.m.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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