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A strike against General Motors looms large as the contract with the United Auto Workers is about to expire.

The union's national agreements with GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler were slated to end at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, but it extended the union's national contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

The pact with General Motors is still set to expire on Saturday night. GM has been picked as the union's target company, meaning it's the focus of bargaining and will be the first company to face a strike

It's possible that contracts will be extended or an agreement is reached. But 49,200 UAW members also could walk out of GM plants next week.

Experts say both sides are far apart, with workers wanting a bigger slice of record company profits and automakers seeking to cut labor costs that are higher than U.S. factories owned by foreign-based companies.

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