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UAW ISSUES STATEMENT ON WILLOW RUN GM PLANT RULING

 DETROIT, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Following is a statement by UAW Vice President Stephen P. Yokich regarding today's ruling by Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Shelton on GM's plan to transfer work from the Willow Run Assembly Plant:
 "We welcome today's ruling by Judge Donald E. Shelton which holds the corporation responsible for the commitments which they made to the Willow Run community in exchange for tax abatements.
 "On too many occasions, local governments and communities have been held hostage by corporations demanding tax breaks in exchange for the promise of job creation. Oftentimes, those promises have proven hollow, as in this situation.
 "The abuse of tax abatements is not isolated to one community or one company, it is a problem confronting America's industrial heartland. As such, it cannot be solved in one locality or in one state but should be addressed at the federal level. In the same way, we need a national approach to trade issues and economic revitalization policies to help improve the market for U.S., union-made vehicles and put people back to work."
 -0- 2/9/93
 /CONTACT: Reg McGhee of UAW, 313-926-5291/
 (GM)


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