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GM FACES STRIKE AT TRUCK PLANT

A General Motors Corp. plant that builds fast-selling, full-size pickup trucks faces a possible strike Friday over the future of GM workers whose jobs were eliminated when a nearby GM factory closed.

"We want jobs brought in to keep these people," said Jim Abare, an official of United Auto Workers Local 594 in Pontiac, north of Detroit. "They want to ship them all over."

Abare referred to about 1,500 workers whose jobs ended when GM closed its Pontiac West truck assembly plant in December, shifting production of Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy sport-utility vehicles to other plants with the introduction of new models.

Local 594 wants GM to add the 1,500 workers to the 5,500-person work force at Pontiac East and its engineering center.

A strike would knock out about one-third of GM's factory capacity for building full-size Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks. The Chevy pickups are GM's best-selling vehicles.

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