GM, UAW resume talks against midnight deadlineOctober 27, 1996
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DETROIT (CNN) -- Negotiators for General Motors and the United Auto Workers were back at the bargaining table Sunday, racing against a midnight deadline to avoid a possible strike against the world's biggest automaker. Talks resumed Sunday morning, according to a GM spokesman, who refused to comment on whether progress was being made.
At stake is a new labor agreement for GM's 215,000 hourly UAW workers. GM employs more than half of the 390,000 UAW members who work at Detroit's Big Three automakers, and is the only one not to have a new three-year labor contract.
If no agreement is reached by 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday (0359 GMT Monday), the UAW could launch a selective strike or agree to extend the talks. UAW President Stephen Yokich has not indicated what he would do after the contract extension expires.
The union said Friday that it would terminate its extended 1993 contract with GM if no deal was reached by the deadline. The UAW traditionally does not work without a contract, but it could opt to extend the contract beyond the deadline if negotiators are making progress.
The talks are believed to be stalled over the UAW's demands for job security. The union wants GM to follow the pattern set by contracts with Ford and Chrysler, which promise to maintain at least 95 percent of union jobs over the next three years, with some exceptions.
GM wants to exclude certain components plants from the employment guarantees, including a door hardware plant in Flint, Michigan, and an interior trim plant in Lavonia, Michigan.
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