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Delphi Unions Approve New Contract

The United Auto Workers union says members nationwide have approved a new labor agreement with auto parts maker Delphi.

The ratification comes after two years of sometimes contentious negotiations and averts a threatened strike that would have crippled Delphi's former parent, General Motors.

The U-A-W says 68 percent of the workers were in favor of the new four-year pact, while 32 percent were against it.

The deal includes workers in Dayton, Columbus and Sandusky in Ohio. Ohio has about six-thousand Delphi employees, including salaried workers and workers represented by other unions.

In Columbus, the ratification likely means closure of the 60-year-old Delphi plant on Georgesville Road. About 450 workers are currently employed at the facility.

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