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Delphi Union Tells Hourly Workers to Prepare for Strike

By Associated Press

Lockport, NY – The local union at Delphi Corporation's plant in Lockport has told hourly workers to prepare to strike the auto supplier.

A memo distributed by United Auto Workers Local 686 in Lockport says the union could authorize a walkout if a bankruptcy judge allows Delphi to change the workers' wages and benefits.

The memo says all union members need to prepare for the possibility of a strike.

Troy, Michigan-based Delphi filed for bankruptcy Saturday. Tuesday, a judge approved the use of $950 million in financing for the auto supplier, which is expected to consolidate or divest some of its US plants during its stay in federal Bankruptcy Court.

Delphi has laid out plans to cut wages by more than 50 percent and reduce some benefits.

Delphi is Niagara County's largest employer, with 3,800 people working at the Lockport plant, where the facility manufactures air conditioning units, oil coolers, condensers and other parts.