N.Y. Plant Voting On UAW Contract Concessions

Future of New Process Gear's plant in central New York is on the line as workers begin voting on contract concessions meant to save $50 million by July.

EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- The future of New Process Gear's plant in central New York is on the line as workers begin voting on contract concessions meant to save $50 million by July.

United Auto Workers leaders told workers this weekend that Magna International Inc. of Canada will close the transmission parts plant if they vote down the contract or don't achieve the savings.

The workers are being asked to approve work rule changes to improve efficiency and give up a week of vacation and a couple of holidays. If those steps and some job cuts hit the target savings, the plant would stay open.

Union leaders say it could keep operating if savings are close to $50 million, but hourly wages would be cut.

Workers are voting on the deal Monday and Tuesday. The East Syracuse plant employs about 1,400.

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