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GM's Wentzville plant to stop work

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – The General Motors assembly plant in Wentzville is expected to stop work at 10 p.m. Thursday due to a strike at one of the auto company's suppliers.

United Auto Workers at American Axle and Manufacturing Holding Incorporated went on strike February 26. It supplies GM with axles and other components.

The Wentzville plant has about 2,200 workers.

GM spokesman Tom Wickham says salaried employees will be expected to report to work as usual.

And assembly workers will get paid even if they're not working.

"Because we have very solid agreement with the UAW, there are provisions in that agreement that allow for employees to receive compensation during a work stoppage, and depending on the duration of the layoff, there are formulas used to calculate what that'll be," Wickham said.

Three plants that produce engines and castings could cease production on Monday.

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