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Published: Thursday, 12/18/2008

Powertrain workers idle an added two weeks

About 1,300 hourly workers at General Motors Corp. Toledo Powertrain plant were told yesterday that the Alexis Road plant will be idled for two additional weeks after the traditional holiday shutdown this month, a spokesman for the plant said.

Workers will be laid off on Friday and won t be called back to the plant until Jan. 20, plant spokesman Wanda Wellman said, citing slow sales of vehicles containing the plant s six-speed, rear-wheel drive transmissions.

Powertrain workers are represented by United Auto Workers Local 14.

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