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GENERAL MOTORS AND UAW TRUCK RIG TO FURTHER ASSIST HURRICANE VICTIMS IN SOUTH FLORIDA

 GENERAL MOTORS AND UAW TRUCK RIG TO FURTHER ASSIST
 HURRICANE VICTIMS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
 AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The fourth and final rig in a weeklong convoy of 18-wheel tractor-trailer trucks on loan from the UAW and General Motors to deliver disaster relief supplies from Detroit to victims of Hurricane Andrew in South Florida will remain in the Homestead (Fla.) area to assist in the massive emergency relief effort now under way.
 The 70-foot-long truck will depart at about 5 p.m. today from the Salvation Army warehouse located at 1627 W. Fort St. in downtown Detroit carrying food, bottled water, medical equipment and other necessary supplies. It is expected to arrive at a Salvation Army distribution center in Hialeah, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 6, and is part of the international relief effort organized by the American Red Cross.
 Although its exact utilization is yet to be determined, the UAW-GM rig may be used as a medical station or operations center in the Homestead area, according to relief officials. The truck opens to 850 square feet of space when its side panels are expanded and includes air conditioning, on-board electrical service and handicapped access. The vehicle is one of three UAW-GM mobile exhibits which travels the United States to increase awareness among UAW-represented GM workers of the numerous joint education and training programs for personal growth and job-skill development.
 "It's very satisfying to see so many Americans lending a hand to help the people of South Florida," said UAW Vice President Stephen P. Yokich and GM Vice President Gerald A. Knechtel. "We're just doing our part and hope we can further assist in the best and most appropriate manner."
 Three other UAW-GM tractor-trailer rigs left Detroit earlier this week bound for South Florida with supplies for the cleanup and relief effort. Those vehicles will return to Detroit. Each of the trucks is operated and driven by a team of two UAW-represented GM workers from the GM Proving Ground in Milford, Mich., and UAW Local 653.
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 /CONTACT: Howard Erickson of the UAW-GM Human Resource Center, 313-377-6524/
 (GM) CO: General Motors Corporation; United Auto Workers ST: Michigan, Florida IN: AUT SU:


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