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Tentative Contract With UAW Allows GM To Keep Lordstown Closed

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The tentative four year contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an 11 thousand dollars signing bonus. 

In return, the contract allows GM to proceed with factory closures in Lordstown and two other cities. Some Lordstown workers shoulded at union leaders who released details yesterday as they met to decide if they'll approve the deal: 

This former Lordstown worker is angry his factory won't reopen even with a new contract: 

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Union spokesperson Brian Rothenberg says the strike was about something bigger than just General Motors:

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The union set a deadline of October 25 to have all the ratification ballots turned in.  The UAW GM council, which is comprised of local presidents at GM facilities, voted to recommend ratification. Workers went on strike September 16, crippling U.S. production and costing GM an estimated 2 billion dollars.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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