DETROIT -- United Auto Workers members have approved a contract agreement reached with auto parts maker Delphi Corp. that dramatically cuts wages but preserves jobs for thousands of workers.
The ratification comes after two years of sometimes contentious negotiations and averts a threatened strike that would have crippled Delphi's former parent, General Motors Corp.
Sixty-eight percent of the workers who voted were in favor of the new four-year pact, while 32 percent were against it, the UAW's leadership said in a statement Friday.
About 17,000 workers at 17 Delphi facilities across the U.S., including three in Ohio, were eligible to vote on the deal, which allows some plant closings and cuts wages for longtime workers from $27 per hour to a pay range for everyone that runs from $14 to $18.50.
A total of 11,225 workers turned out for the vote, with 7,613 in favor and 3,612 voting against it, said a local union official who didn't want to be named because the breakdown of the vote had not been released by the international union.
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