Deadline Looms at GM's Fairfax Plant

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Time's running out in talks to avert a walkout by the United Auto Workers local at General Motors' Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan.

Marathon negotiations continued all week in hopes of resolving several local issues that affect 2,700 hourly workers who build the Saturn Aura and the new, popular Chevrolet Malibu.

The union's five-day notice expires at 10 a.m. Friday, but UAW Local 31 bargaining chairman John Melton said talks could continue after the deadline if progress is being made.

The union and GM reached a national contract last October, but a local supplemental agreement remains unresolved over seniority rights and job security issues.

Three GM plants besides Fairfax also received five-day strike notices.

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