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UAW blocks GM outsourcing

UAW Local 112 has blocked outsourcing of work that accounts for about 190 jobs at the Lordstown, Ohio, plant, saying it won’t agree to the move until it hears General Motors’ decision about sending a new small-car program to the plant. The work involves preparing various parts for assembly.

GM officials have said a decision about replacing the Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire may come this fall, but the company still is reviewing the business case for about $500 million in renovations to the Lordstown plant, said a GM spokeswoman.

Two suppliers, Android Industries and Oakley Industries, would take the work if the plant is renovated. The local had agreed to the outsourcing, on the condition that it got the new-car program.

You can reach Dave Guilford at dguilford@crain.com

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