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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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.


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Coming out of November, General Motors sold more than 31,000 Corvettes last year. Every one of the cars featured an engine from the Town of Tonawanda.

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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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About 40 students from various high schools in Buffalo toured General Motors' Tonawanda Engine Plant as part of the "Success Looks Like Me" program.

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A festive mood is in the air at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant Friday as the company and its employees are celebrating the River Road facility's 75th Anniversary with an open house.

Tonawanda plant building engines for new GM lines

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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.