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Published: Saturday, 5/24/2008

American Axle to resume work under new contract

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc. said yesterday it expects production to resume next week after workers overwhelmingly approved a new contract with the auto parts supplier that contains steep pay cuts and other concessions.

United Auto Workers said members at five American Axle sites in Michigan and New York voted 78 percent in favor of the four-year deal, while 22 percent voted against.

It ended a nearly three-month strike.

American Axle said it expects to have its plants running next week. Workers expected the company to call in skilled trades workers over the weekend to prepare the plants to reopen.

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