Auto Talks Resume

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors and the United Auto Workers are taking another break in their contract talks.

GM says negotiations came to an end early this morning after a 16-hour marathon session, and will resume later in the day.

Yesterday, several local UAW leaders said negotiators reported that the talks were advancing. Still, they said they were told by national union leaders to prepare to hit the picket lines if the latest round of talks fell through.

That threat, however, seems to have since quieted down. GM says all employees are expected to report for work today.

The key issue has been retiree health care. GM wants the union to take over responsibility for retiree health care costs using a company-funded trust. The UAW is asking for job guarantees in exchange for taking on the costs.


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