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Monday marked the first full day back on the job for nearly 1,300 workers at GM's Tonawanda Engine plant. One of the longest strikes in years came to an end late Friday with the United Auto Workers agreeing to a new contract.


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There were some cars in the Tonawanda Powertrain parking lot Sunday, but no picket lines outside along the plant periphery, as General Motors begins to crank up car and parts production after a nearly six-week strike across the country.

Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET

Some 40 days after United Automobile Workers walked off the job, picketing General Motors plants and grinding operations to a halt, the labor union's members have ratified the tentative deal their representatives struck with the automaker earlier this month. The UAW announced the deal's approval after voting ended Friday.

Employees will return to work as instructed by GM.

The contract was approved by 57.2%.

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By a vote of 603-579, General Motors' latest contract offer has been rejected by workers at the company's Tonawanda Engine plant.

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Despite torrential downpour conditions, striking General Motors workers were in good spirits standing outside of union headquarters on River Road in the Town of Tonawanda Wednesday afternoon with news that GM and the United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative agreement to end the strike.

General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative agreement to end the strike that began one month ago, the labor union announced Wednesday. The UAW GM National Council will vote on the deal Thursday.

When the national council reviews the deal's terms, it will also decide whether nearly 50,000 workers should remain on strike or whether they should go back to work before the full membership ratifies the agreement.

With the UAW strike against General Motors in its fourth week, the automaker is losing millions of dollars. So are the businesses that supply GM. Many of their workers have also been out of work for four weeks, but unlike the striking UAW workers, their plight is much less visible.

Lansing, Mich., has nine regional GM suppliers. These are companies that do everything from producing ads to making parts for GM's cars and trucks. Altogether, that's more than 6,000 jobs. Supplier jobs in Lansing outnumber GM jobs.

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Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors have taken a turn for the worse, hitting a big snag over product commitments for U.S. factories, a union official wrote in an email to members. 

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

If you traveled by the General Motors Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda on Thursday, it looked like another day of United Auto Workers picketing, as bargaining continued in Detroit toward ending the longest strike in nearly a half-century. However, much more was going on.

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Contract talks between General Motors and striking United Auto Workers took a big step toward an agreement Wednesday when committees finished their work and sent it to the top bargainers. 

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Local union members walking the picket line in front of General Motors got some big-name support Wednesday. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez walked the line in front of the GM Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

As of midnight, 1,357 United Auto Workers at the General Motors engine plant in the Town of Tonawanda were on strike. They joined workers at plants across the country in a nationwide action, after both sides failed to agree on a new contract over issues including wages, health care and profit-sharing.

Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET Monday

Talks between General Motors and union officials representing tens of thousands of striking autoworkers restarted Monday in hopes of driving both sides to an agreement on issues including workers' wages, health care and profit-sharing.

After several hours, union officials representing nearly 50,000 workers acknowledge negotiations remain in neutral.

Chris Caya WBFO News

General Motors has chosen its Tonawanda engine plant to build the next generation V-8 for the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.


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General Motors has stepped back from its hard line on the Oshawa assembly plant, just east of Toronto. The plant, along with others in the US, had been scheduled to cease operations by the end of the year. Now,the auto maker and the union have come together to save some of those jobs.


General Motors has issued a statement indicating its positive economic impact across upstate New York.

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A big win for the region's economy was announced Friday at the General Motors display inside the Buffalo Auto Show.

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There’s been no let up on the campaign from Canada’s auto workers union, Unifor, against General Motors. The union has vowed to fight a planned shutdown of the GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario, at the end of the year. GM says it’s doing what it can to help affected workers transition and find other jobs.

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There is outrage and anger in Ontario over General Motors' decision to cease operations at its assembly plant in Oshawa, east of Toronto, at the end of next year. It’s part of the automaker’s global restructuring plan, which will also shutter four plants in the United States. Oshawa has been the face of the auto industry in Canada for decades and the plant's closure is expected to have devastating effects.


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General Motors says it plans to cease production of some models at three vehicle assembly plants in the U.S. and Canada in 2019. It also plans to cut production at two plants in the U.S. that make transmissions. The company said the moves are part of an effort to cut 15 percent of its workforce.

It's part of a major restructuring that will prioritize the company's electric and autonomous vehicle programs.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

General Motors' Tonawanda Engine Plant has been selected as the first of the automaker's plants to produce a new V-8 engine line that utilizes a cylinder deactivation technology that helps the engine produce only the power that is needed, in order to increase efficiency. Plant officials announced Monday it will result in the retention of 635 jobs.


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Town of Tonawanda Police are investigating a hit and run accident that involved a person in a motorized wheelchair.

Residents of the Delavan-Grider neighborhood are fed up with the stalled cleanup of the former General Motors plant on East Delavan Avenue. Underground the plant are toxic chemicals that may be impacting the neighborhood and the already badly-polluted Scajaquada Creek. Neighbors want the state to end its tug of war with the property’s owner and fix the problem.


General Motors investing $334 million in three WNY plants

Dec 14, 2016
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General Motors is announcing a major investment in three Western New York plants that will bring new work to the chosen sites. Governor Andrew Cuomo was among those who traveled to GM's Tonawanda Engine Plant to hear and celebrate the news Wednesday morning.


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The United Auto Workers union has come to terms with General Motors on a tentative agreement for a new contract. 

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General Motors' Tonawanda plant will be getting some national attention tonight as the Science Channel features the Chevy Corvette engine it manufactures on the show "How It's Made - A Dream Car."


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General Motors unveiled its 2014 Corvette Stingray at the Detroit auto show. Every car will have an engine made by the GM Powertrain Plant in the Town of Tonawanda.

Tonawanda plant building engines for new GM lines

Dec 13, 2012
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General Motors unveiled its new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models Thursday. The engines for the new lines are being built here in Western New York.