IUE-Delphi talks set

WARREN —  Contract talks between Delphi Corp. and the union that represents its local workers are to begin next week, an official said.

Senior leaders of the company, an investor group and the International Union of Electrical Workers started preliminary meetings Tuesday, said Mike O’Donnell, shop chairman of IUE Local 717.

The bargaining committee, which includees O’Donnell and others from Warren, is to report next week.

A group of investors, led by Appaloosa Management, is proposing to pump up to $3.4 billion into Delphi. They had set a deadline of todaywed for labor talks to be wrapped up, but they allowed for extensions through Feb. 28 if talks were progressing.

As the IUE has waited, talks are under way with the United Auto Workers, which is Delphi’s largest union.

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