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It just keeps getting worse, it seems, for General Motors. Even as there’s a glimmer of hope that the nearly three-month strike at mega-supplier American Axle might soon be over, the giant automaker is facing still more walkouts at factories of its own.

About 1,500 employees at a metal stamping plant, in Mansfield, Ohio, are threatening to walk off the job, on Thursday, if they don’t get a new contract by then. GM reached a national agreement with the United Auto Workers Union last autumn, but individual plants have had to negotiate contracts of their own, and a number of those are yet to be hammered out.

That walkout would worsen an already bad situation. Workers have already gone to the picket lines in Kansas City, Kansas, at a plant making one of GM’s few really hot-selling passenger cars, the Chevrolet Malibu. There’s been a walkout at another assembly line near Lansing, Michigan, which makes large crossover vehicles. That includes the Buick Enclave, one of the struggling division’s few real successes in recent years.
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  1. I'm a Chrysler guy, but it's such a crime what is happening to the American auto industry. Are the people at the U.A.W. on the same planet with the rest of us? Their archaic and self-perpetuating practices are destroying the U.S. auto industry. A strike at G.M. in the face of global competition is suicidal. Wake up auto workers to a new era or start looking for new jobs. The "good old days" are gone and the U.A.W. an't look'en out for you! It's a crime!
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