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UAW REACHES ACCORD WITH DELPHI IN LOCKPORT

Management and the union at Delphi Corp.'s big Thermal and Interior Division plant in Lockport reached an agreement on a new contract about noon Saturday.

The agreement on the separate plant contract comes nearly 14 months after Delphi and the United Auto Workers reached agreement on an overall national contract.

Paul Ciejak, president of Unit 1 UAW Local 686, and Tim LaPorte, shop chairman, said they could not reveal terms of the contract pending a meeting of the 3,300 workers affected by it. They said the date of the meeting and subsequent ratification vote would be set this week.

"All I can say is that it meets our membership's needs and the needs of the corporation," Ciejak said.

Earlier this year, the union agreed to accept a two-tier wage schedule that sets starting pay for new hires at $14, about $10 less than the current average. New workers also receive reduced benefits.

In return, Delphi agreed to put a freeze on plant closings without the UAW's consent, and to invest in U.S. operations.