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LORDSTOWN Lear, UAW reach deal



Published: Thu, September 6, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The tentative deal was reached Wednesday.

LORDSTOWN -- A seat maker and its union have reached a tentative agreement, lessening the threat of a strike that would have shut down the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Plant.

About 320 workers at Lear Seating were prepared to go on strike last Friday, but negotiations were extended because the sides were close to a deal.

John Mohan, shop chairman of United Auto Workers Local 1112 at the car plant, said this morning the tentative agreement was reached Wednesday.

Vote: Union officials at the seat plant are to schedule a vote, he said.

Workers at the seat plant are represented by Local 1112 but have a separate bargaining committee. Members of that committee could not be reached this morning.

Officials at the assembly plant said a strike by Lear workers would shut down the assembly plant because the delivery of seats is tied directly to the production schedule at the assembly plant.

Deliveries of seats are made daily to the assembly plant. The assembly plant employs about 4,400 hourly workers, who make the Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire.

The plant is waiting for word from GM on whether it will be awarded the next generation of GM's small cars and receive a massive renovation of the plant.




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