UAW, GM talks continue, local members confident - WNEM TV 5

UAW, GM talks continue, local members confident

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Hundreds of aluminum blocks and heads come out of a Mid-Michigan plant every year and into GM autos. 

GM is in the process of bringing 140 new members into the plant to turn out those items.  The plant manager said it's good news for the local economy.

"We make a difference in hiring, it really has a ripple effect in the community," said John Lancaster, GM plant manager.

The rank and file members who toil here are proud of the work they do.

"The members of this union have always contributed to the success of this community," said Steve Ellicott.

At one time more 7,000 workers were employed at this facility, one of several that hummed away in Saginaw.  Now it's the only one left.

"We saw the jobs go to different areas of the country and different areas of the world and they've fought through that and never let their heads go down, they've always kept their noses in their job, they've always kept their nose to the grindstone," said Harry Cripps, UAW Local 668 president.

Contract talks continue between GM and workers in this plant. The UAW is confident that an agreement will be reached, preventing a strike.

"Contract talks are as tight lipped as I've ever seen, they're not discussing anything with us they're keeping that at the table, and we're kind of glad to see that," Cripps said. "We don't want to see that handled in the media. I think the parties are going to get together and come up with an agreement that we can all work with, move the business forward and move the employees forward."

And move more blocks and heads out of this facility. 

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