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Autoworkers are returning to General Motors plants in America Monday, and GM is employing safety measures meant to protect people from the novel coronavirus. Lansing’s two big plants are among those reopening.

Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant
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General Motors expects to resume production at Lansing’s two assembly plants next week.


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GM is ramping up production in Lansing.


Economists in Michigan say the coronavirus outbreak in China could harm American automakers.

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Vote totals are beginning to trickle in from United Auto Workers union locals around the country on day 38 of a strike against General Motors. Some locals have strongly voted to ratify the four-year contract, but it also has been rejected elsewhere.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talked via Skype with Michael Martinez of Automotive News about the early vote tally. Below are highlights of their conversation.


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United Auto Workers Union members are starting to consider the details of the tentative agreement reached with General Motors on Thursday.

The UAW strike against GM is nearing the end of its fifth week, and workers will continue to picket while a ratification vote is conducted.


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Details have emerged about the tentative four-year contract between the United Auto Workers Union and General Motors.

There's no word yet from today’s meeting of the union’s national council about possibly recommending approval.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract.


With the UAW strike against General Motors in its fourth week, the automaker is losing millions of dollars. So are the businesses that supply GM. Many of their workers have also been out of work for four weeks, but unlike the striking UAW workers, their plight is much less visible.

Lansing, Mich., has nine regional GM suppliers. These are companies that do everything from producing ads to making parts for GM's cars and trucks. Altogether, that's more than 6,000 jobs. Supplier jobs in Lansing outnumber GM jobs.

United Auto Workers strike outside of the Lansing Grand River assembly plant earlier this week. This is the largest strike against GM since 2007.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

While an auto workers strike against General Motors continues in its 18th day, a top union bargainer reported that talks with Ford are going well.

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