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UAW AND GENERAL MOTORS ANNOUNCE PURCHASE OF FLINT PROPERTY FOR JOINT PILOT CHILD-CARE CENTER

 UAW AND GENERAL MOTORS ANNOUNCE PURCHASE OF FLINT PROPERTY
 FOR JOINT PILOT CHILD-CARE CENTER
 AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The UAW and General Motors (NYSE: GM) today announced the purchase of two adjacent properties in the Flint (Mich.) area to be the site of a joint pilot child-care center, which is expected to begin offering services for UAW-represented GM workers in April 1992.
 The properties are located in a residential neighborhood northeast of downtown Flint at the southeast corner of Richfield Road and Cashin Street in Genesee Township. The combined properties include a two- story, 16,000-square-foot building and approximately three acres of land. The building, which will be renovated for use as the child-care facility as soon as the properties are rezoned, was previously used as a funeral home and has been vacant since 1989.
 There are some 40,000 UAW-GM workers in the Flint area at 13 GM manufacturing plants and warehouse facilities. It is the largest UAW-GM plant community in the United States.
 A recent survey conducted by the union and the company showed that there are almost 19,500 children 12 years old and under who are dependents of UAW-GM workers in the Flint area. Of that number, more than 6,400 of the youngsters are under the age of six.
 It was announced last April that Flint had been selected to be the location of the pilot child-care center, which was established under the 1990 UAW-GM national collective bargaining agreement. Since the announcement, a team of joint labor and management representatives have conducted a needs analysis and evaluated more than 100 different sites in the Flint area.
 The combined Genesee Township properties were selected for their central location and outstanding physical features that will be easily converted for use as a child-care facility.
 "We anticipate that this pilot child-care center will meet the needs of our workers in the areas of quality, convenience and cost," said UAW Vice President Stephen P. Yokich and GM Vice President Richard F. O'Brien. "And we expect that the facility will offer activities that encourage enriched and healthy experiences for their children."
 Joint UAW-GM funds are being used for the initial start-up costs for the facility, while on-going operational expenses will be shared by user fees and joint funds. It is expected that child-care services will be offered on a two-shift, five-day-a-week basis.
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 /CONTACT: Howard Erickson of the UAW-GM Human Resource Center, 313-884-8894 (home)/
 (GM) CO: General Motors; United Auto Workers ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU: RLE JVN


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