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GM/UAW STATEMENT

 DETROIT, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Following is a statement by Gerald A. Knechtel, vice president of personnel for GM's (NYSE: GM) North American Operations, and Stephen P. Yokich, UAW vice president and director of the union's GM department:
 General Motors and the UAW have discontinued urging hourly employees to file for Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) during the two-week shutdown. The earlier decision to do so was based on our understanding of the law and our consultation with various U.S. and state officials.
 We now have learned from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, Representative Bill Archer, and other members of the Committee that this use of the federal EUC would not be consistent with the intent of Congress. We, therefore, have ceased urging employees to file for EUC benefits for the two-week shutdown. In making their selection for unemployment benefits, we suggest they consider filing for state unemployment compensation, except in those limited individual circumstances where EUC would be more appropriate.
 We understand that our interpretation of the law is correct and that to close off this use of EUC would require new legislation. We would support that clarification.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Pyden of GM News Relations, 313-556-2030; or Reg McGhee of UAW Public Relations, 313-926-5291/
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