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General Motors workers are voting against the UAW contract

The tentative contract between the United Auto Workers and General Motors was in danger of being voted down Wednesday after three large local plants joined two others to oppose the deal.

Workers at assembly plants in Wentzville, Mo., and Bowling Green, Ky., voted Tuesday and Wednesday against the tentative deal, the union said Wednesday. And workers at a third plant in Fort Wayne, Ind., also voted the contract down, the local union confirmed.

UAW workers at GM plants in Spring Hill, Tenn., and Lansing, Mich., also voted the contract down.

Yet, GM’s large plant in Arlington, Texas, voted to approve the deal, its local UAW union announced Wednesday.

The agreements mark the biggest compensation gains the union has won in decades, including a 25 percent raise in base wages over 4½ years.

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General Motors declined to comment until after UAW workers complete their voting.

When the deal was negotiated, GM chief executive Mary Barra had welcomed it and said the company is “looking forward to having everyone back to work.”

UAW President Shawn Fain has called these “record contracts” that have squeezed every “last dime” out of the companies. But he has also stressed that the decision is up to UAW members.

If UAW workers at GM plants vote against the contract, those workers could go back on strike. Union leaders could also try to renegotiate a new deal for GM workers.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Amit Ghosh
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