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Union members approve 5-year deal with Nexteer, major auto supplier in Michigan

SAGINAW, Mich. – Union members at a major Michigan auto supplier approved a five-year contract, officials said Saturday, just a few weeks after rejecting the first deal and staging a brief strike.

Nexteer Automotive makes steering systems for General Motors, Ford Motor and other auto companies. Roughly 3,000 employees are represented by the United Auto Workers in the Saginaw area, 100 miles north of Detroit.

The UAW said the deal with Nexteer was approved by 61 per cent of workers who cast ballots. There was a brief strike earlier in December after the first deal was rejected.

“The people have spoken,” said Rick Burzynski, president of Local 699.

The contract includes pay increases and a $2,000 ratification bonus.

“With this new agreement in place, all Nexteer employees continue to give their full attention to delivering advanced steering and driveline products to our customers,” said Mark Decker, a company vice-president.

Nexteer is Saginaw County’s largest employer with nearly 5,000 employees, The Saginaw News reported (http://bit.ly/1YsBBP7 ). The company has 12,000 employees worldwide and is owned by China-based Pacific Century Motors.