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UAW approaching deadline with Nexteer

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The UAW Local 699 told workers to stay on their jobs Tuesday night.

The union extended the agreement deadline with Nexteer until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Union workers previously said they would strike if a deal between Nexteer and the UAW was not reached by midnight on Nov. 25.

Rick Burzynski is the president at UAW Local 699. He said the extension is the time needed to finish what he calls a deal his union members will be pleased with.

"We're so close and with so much into play and so many people we want to make sure we have it right for our membership because it's going to affect everyone's life for the future," Burzynski said.

Burzynski, citing a gag order, would not go into specifics about the talks, but he did talk about one major hurdle both sides are trying to work through.

"We're taking that national agreement that we were under from [General Motors] when we were the GM plant and we're bringing this to our own local agreement right now. So there's going from a lot of pages down to a smaller local contract," Burzynski said.

A Nexteer spokesman said over the phone the company is looking for a fair and equitable agreement to be completed in the near future.

Burzynski's union represents more than 3,300 Nexteer employees.

"At this point we are still in negotiations with the contract,” Burzynski said. “We are moving and I feel that we will be able to get this accomplished for our members and we'll have a good contract for everybody."

The UAW Local 699 said on Dec. 1 they believe they will reach an agreement by the deadline.

In the meantime, union members are instructed to continue business as usual.

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