UAW Strike Hits Saturn Aura Plant

Workers at General Motors' Fairfax plant where the Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Malibu went on strike this morning because of a breakdown in discussions about local plant issues. "We are obviously disappointed that UAW Local 31 took strike action at Fairfax Assembly," says Dan Flores, a spokesman for GM told USA Today. "From a GM perspective, we remain focused on reaching an agreement in Fairfax and in Lansing/Delta Township as soon as possible."

The Fairfax plant, which employs about 2200 workers, makes the Saturn Aura sedan and is one of two plants making the Malibu. GM's Orion Township, Michigian, factory also builds Malibus. It is the second GM plant making popular vehicles to be struck by the UAW recently over issues not covered in the national contract ratified last year. Workers have been out nearly three weeks at GM's plant in Delta Township, Michigan, near Lansing. It makes GM's Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook crossovers.

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2009 Saturn Astra Brochure

2009 Saturn Astra Brochure

The first 2009 Saturn brochures are beginning to show up at retail facilities around the country. This year's book features glossy pages with sharp, vivid color photos. FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) paper was used and, according to Saturn, that means "a minimum of 30% post-consumer recovered fiber" is used in the creation of the paper. In addition, the company says the "electricity used in the manufacturing process is generated from renewable resources."