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GM Strike Over

By Eileen Buckley


Buffalo, NY – Workers at General Motor's Tonawanda Powertrain plant are returning to their shifts. GM and the UAW announced that a tentative agreement was reached early Wednesday morning.

Just as the UAW strike was about to enter into a third day, workers learned that the strike is over. On Monday, more than 1,500 rank and file members at the Tonawanda facility walked off the job joining the nationwide strike. But after hours and hours of negotiations, the two sides reached a tentative deal.

The UAW is not releasing any details of the tentative agreement just yet. But according to national reports, the deal would create a GM-funded, union-run trust for retiree health care costs. Retiree benefits was a major concern for a majority of the workers at the Tonawanda plant who are nearing retirement.

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