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AAM strike rocks GM operations across North America

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A strike by workers at five American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings (AAM) plants in Michigan and New York led to temporary closures at more than a dozen General Motors plants in February and March.

The stoppage affected more than half of GM’s work force at plants in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Ontario.

GM’s Moraine Assembly facility, south of Dayton, ran out of parts mid-shift within a week. GM laid off more than 1,800 workers at the plant, which makes the Chevy TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Saab 9-7X and Isuzu Ascender.

About 3,600 United Auto Workers members at AAM plants in New York and Michigan walked off their jobs on Feb. 25, when contract talks broke down over wages, health care and pension benefits. GM production was down by nearly one-third within 11 days of the strike.

Detroit-based AAM is a critical GM supplier of axles, drive shafts and stabilizer bars.

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