Walkout at GM Stops Production of Popular Models

From USA Today: Union workers struck a General Motors plant in Delta Township, Michigan, Thursday that makes some of GM's most successful and important vehicles, and were preparing to strike today at a plant in Warren that makes transmissions for most GM models, including the award-winning Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Malibu. An ongoing strike at parts supplier American Axle, meantime, has shut 10 GM factories and had what the automaker calls "partial impact" on 18 others. The GM walkout by United Auto Workers Local 602 halted production of the Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook, and GMC Acadia crossover-utility vehicles.

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