KOKOMO, Ind. — Auto workers at a key parts plant appeared to be well on their way to overwhelmingly ratifying a new contract Saturday, ending a six-day strike that forced the layoffs of 37,550 General Motors Corp. employees nationwide.
With about 3,000 votes cast, about 99% of the striking Delco Electronics workers had approved the new contract, said Mike Thayer, shop chairman of United Auto Workers Local 292.
The 7,700 UAW workers at the GM subsidiary, which makes and ships parts used in all GM cars, walked off the job Monday in a dispute over job subcontracting and the transfer of some radio work to Mexico.
By Friday, the ensuing parts shortage had forced 37,550 layoffs at other GM plants. By Monday, more than 47,000 workers at 16 assembly plants nationwide will be idle, John Mueller, a GM spokesman in Detroit, said Saturday. Those plants are in Missouri, Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana and Delaware.