Tensions had been high for months, ever since Delphi North America declared bankruptcy. The future of the Delphi Automotive Brake Assembly plant in Dayton, Ohio, was uncertain. Until that Friday. The Dayton plant, with its 1,500 employees, would close by June 2008. Everyone from the plant manager to the salaried employees to the hourly production workers would lose their jobs, their livelihoods. "People were pretty surprised. Nobody saw it coming," said Mary Miller, the ...

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