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GM COMBINES MICHIGAN-BASED TRUCK FLEETS

 DETROIT, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors (NYSE: GM) and the United Auto Workers announced today that GM is establishing a combined Michigan-based truck fleet to provide highway transportation services to its Michigan area plants.
 Stephen P. Yokich, vice president of the International UAW and head of the UAW GM Department, and Donald A. Pais, GM vice president of North American Production Control and Logistics, said the plan to combine the fleets originated in the 1990 GM-UAW contract negotiations as an effort to improve overall operating efficiency and grow the business.
 The new GM fleet will transport vehicle parts and material between GM's manufacturing plants and to GM assembly plants, combining services previously performed at 14 separate GM locations. It will serve GM plants in Michigan and adjacent areas of Indiana and Ohio, operating some 350 tractors and several hundred trailers.
 Initially, the fleet will employ about 400 drivers and maintenance personnel, who will be represented by UAW Local 659 in Flint, Mich. When fully operational, it will have the potential of adding some 200 more UAW-represented jobs, Yokich and Pais said.
 Leaseway Transportation has been selected to manage the fleet's operations, Pais announced.
 Pais said the new fleet advances GM's business strategy of realigning operations to increase quality and efficiency and reduce costs of building cars and trucks, and deliver products on time to satisfy its customers.
 "We intend to work with the UAW to more efficiently use GM's transportation fleet," Pais said. "By moving this operation in-house, we are serving the needs of our employees and their union as well as the company."
 Yokich said, "This is a fine example of how the UAW and GM can work together to grow the business, secure GM jobs and better satisfy customers.
 "It is the right move because we are involving those employees who have firsthand knowledge of the business and a direct stake in its success," Yokich said.
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 /CONTACT: Cheryl Kilborn, GM News Relations, 313-556-2035; or Frank Joyce or Reg McGhee, UAW PR Department, 313-926-5291/
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