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Union Workers Walk Out over Pay at China-owned US Auto Plant

UAW workers had voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract offer from Nexteer Automotive, which was purchased from General Motors by Chinese firm Pacific Century Motors.

DETROIT - More than 3,000 members of the powerful UAW auto union walked off the job at a Chinese-owned supplier plant in the United States on Tuesday.

Workers at the Nexteer Automotive plant in Saginaw, Mich., downed tools with the start of the morning shifts, the United Auto Workers said. 

The dispute centers on pay and benefits.

Workers had voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract offer from Nexteer, which was purchased from General Motors by Chinese firm Pacific Century Motors.

Nexteer Automotive is a $3 billion company that builds steering systems for manufacturers including GM, FiatChrysler, Ford, Toyota and PSA Peugeot Citroen -- as well as automakers in India, China, and South America.

A drawn-out strike could force some of its major auto clients to curtail production.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2015

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