Short causes loss of shift

LORDSTOWN -- An electrical short shut down production Wednesday at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly plant.
The short occurred at the end of day shift, and afternoon shift workers were sent home, said Darwin Cooper, vice president of United Auto Workers Local 1112.
The problem was repaired in time for production to resume on night shift, he said. Cooper said he didn't know what caused the electrical problem.
GM executives will decide whether sales of Chevrolet Cavaliers and Pontiac Sunfires are strong enough to order increased production to make up for the lost shift, he said. The plant works on Saturdays occasionally to boost production.
Meanwhile, plant and union officials are continuing to talk about proposed shift changes, Cooper said.
Plant Manager Maureen Midgley has proposed changes to lunch breaks and other breaks that would require workers to be on the line longer. Midgley said the changes are within the UAW's national labor contract. The changes also would affect the start and end times of each shift.

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