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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tentative Accord Won in GM Strike

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers Union reached a tentative agreement Thursday that could end a 17-day-old strike that crippled the automaker's North American production, the union said.

The union will vote on the pact Friday, said Richard Shoemaker, a UAW spokesman. Union officials withheld details of the agreement.

The strike by 2,700 workers at two GM Delphi Chassis plants had closed 26 of GM's 29 assembly plants and 18 parts plants and affected dozens of parts plants and independent suppliers. The stoppage forced GM to furlough about 175,800 of its 250,000 hourly workers in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The agreement was reached after lengthy negotiations, held daily since last Friday. Joe Hasenjager, president of striking UAW Local 696, said he would recommend that union members ratify the contract. If they do, they can be back at work by the second shift on Friday. The strike focused on GM's practice of buying parts from outside manufacturers to reduce labor and production costs.