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Union, General Motors Reach Agreement to End Three-Week Strike

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General Motors settled a three-week strike with its workers in Canada on Tuesday, resolving a power struggle over job security that had idled more than 46,000 workers across North America.

The Canadian Auto Workers’ 26,300 strikers were expected to ratify the agreement in a vote Wednesday, and they could be back at work by the end of the week.

Once the Canadian plants resume production, GM should be able to start bringing back nearly 20,000 U.S. and Mexican workers laid off because of strike-related disruptions. But it will take time for the Canadian plants to produce and ship the parts that other plants need before they can bring all their workers back — a GM source said two to three weeks. In the meantime, additional layoffs are expected.

To the union, the lengthy negotiations were a ground-breaking and successful challenge to GM’s ability to decide on its own whether to sell plants and to “outsource” — farm out union work on auto parts to cheaper independent suppliers.

Now the automaker confronts similar talks with its workers in the United States. Negotiators for the United Auto Workers and GM met Monday in Detroit after a weekend recess, and the talks are expected to intensify now that there is a settlement in Canada.

CAW President Buzz Hargrove, who led the union bargaining team, praised the proposed three-year contract as “a precedent-setting agreement that should set a new standard for corporate conduct” in regard to outsourcing.

Dean Munger, GM Canada’s chief negotiator, said the tentative deal was good for the carmaker, which had pushed hard for cost-cutting provisions in a new contract.

“This is a good agreement and it fits our business needs,” Munger said.

Hargrove said the agreement largely followed the pattern of a pact signed earlier with Chrysler Canada in which the company agreed on limits to outsourcing. He said GM, during the talks, reversed decisions to outsource 1,800 union jobs in Canada.

GM agreed to some limitations after winning the union’s acknowledgement that GM’s competitive needs differed from Chrysler’s.

Hargrove said the union would go along with GM’s plans to phase out or sell parts plants in Windsor and Oshawa, Ontario, but it bargained for financial protection for the 3,500 workers at the plants.

Workers who want to leave would be offered a buyout of roughly $31,000 in addition to any regular pension benefits they were due, he said.

Regarding wages, Hargrove said workers would receive an increase of roughly 10 percent over the three-year life of the contract, including cost-of-living allowances.

“I am absolutely elated,” Hargrove said. “I do not believe this in any way inhibits General Motors’ ability to continue to build quality cars and trucks. … But we’re going to continue to fight for our rights.”

He said the settlement was “the first major challenge to the total and complete right of management to do as it saw fit” on issues like outsourcing.

But Hargrove said even with a favorable deal in place, union members understand there will be a potential for job loss.

“We’re simply making sure that General Motors doesn’t sell our jobs to the highest bidder,” he said.

The strike, which began Oct. 2, is the longest by the CAW since a 97-day walkout in 1970.

GM added 1,560 workers in the United States and Mexico to its strike-related layoff list Tuesday, raising the total to 19,931.

Tuesday’s layoffs resulted from partial shutdowns of four Delphi Packard Electric Systems plants in Mexico and three in Ohio — in Warren, Austintown and Vienna. In addition, 341 workers were laid off at GM’s engine plant in Livonia, Mich.

GM said Tuesday that its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant will have at least its third shift laid off starting Friday. The plant produces the Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire twins.

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Sambhaji Raje rejects Shiv Sena’s proposal? He declined the invitation and went to Kolhapur…

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It has been stipulated that Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje from Kolhapur should join Shiv Sena for Rajya Sabha candidacy. However, Sambhaji Raje is not in favor of joining Shiv Sena. He has said that the support must be given as a great development front. Meanwhile, Sambhaji Raje has already left for Kolhapur ahead of the meeting at 12 noon. Therefore, there is talk that Sambhaji Raje has turned his back on Shiv Sena’s invitation to enter the party.

Sambhaji Raje was invited to join the party by Shiv Sena. Sambhaji Raje was to meet the Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Varsha Bungalow at 12 noon today. But Sambhaji Raje has gone to Kolhapur and avoided the visit. Therefore, it is said that he will not join Shiv Sena.

Sambhaji Raje reluctant to join Shiv Sena; Demand for support from Mahavikas Aghadi

Sambhaji Raje from Kolhapur, who has declared running in the Rajya Sabha elections as an independent, is due to join the Shiv Sena on Monday. Shiv Sena will give the Rajya Sabha nomination, said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s message was delivered to Sambhaji Raje. A Shiv Sena minister also met with Sambhaji Raje. Sambhaji Raje is not ready to join Shiv Sena. On the other hand, he has given a proposal to Shiv Sena and NCP to give additional votes of Mahavikas Aghadi. The deadline for submitting applications is 31.

Shiv Sena has announced that it will contest for two of the six seats in the Rajya Sabha. Sanjay Raut’s candidacy for a seat is considered secure. Sambhaji Raje was appointed as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha six years ago on behalf of BJP. Even then, Sambhaji Raje served as MP for six years as an independent. He too this time is preparing to stand for election as an independent. But it’s impossible to match the math of victory if the independents fight. Although BJP has an additional 22 votes, it will be challenged for an additional 20 votes.


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Major police action to stop bullying in Kalyan; Against 12 thugs…

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Sachin Gunjal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kalyan Circle 3, has led action against the mass vandalism that has been on the rise in Kalyan-Dombivali in recent days. After cracking down on criminals in Sarai under the MPDA to curb the rise in crime, the Kalyan Coal Mining Police has now cracked down on 12 defendants arrested and involved in a ransom case. This is the first case in Kalyan where 12 defendants have been attacked at the same time.

The crimes like robbery, robbery, robbery, night riots, vehicle vandalism, etc. have increased in Kalyan-Dombivali. Especially in the eastern part of Kalyan, local gangsters have been trying to terrorize people for the past few days. There have been many incidents of swords, iron spears, canes, shooting during birthday parties, etc. In this context, DCP Sachin Gunjal had instructed ACP Umesh Mane-Patil from Kalyan and ACP Jay More from Dombivali to catch the culprits and stop the crime. Consequently, the police registered a case against 12 defendants in connection with the robbery and assault that took place in Kalyan East on April 14 and arrested 8 of them. One of the accused is a minor, while the police are looking for the rest of the accused. All of the defendants have been charged with murder, kidnapping, extortion, robbery and intimidation.

Since 12 to 17 cases have been registered against each of the accused, it becomes clear that all the accused are criminals in Sarai. ACP Umesh Mane Patil said action was taken against all defendants under the Offenses Against Collectives Act (MOCCA). Eight of the accused have been arrested by police and the search for the remaining four continues, Deputy Commissioner of Police Umesh Mane Patil said.


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“Tai… how am I going to live without you”, said the younger sister when she saw her hanged on the gallows…

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The eldest daughter committed suicide by hanging herself as she was fed up with her parents’ constant fights at home. Seeing her sister hanged on the gallows, her younger sister also tried to commit suicide by consuming poison by writing a suicide note saying, “Tai, how can I live without you? I also want to go with you.” She was rushed to a private hospital where she was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident took place in the Gorewada area. Witness Amritlal Tiwari (16, resident of Madhavnagar) is the name of the girl who committed suicide. Sakshi Tiwari (15) is the name of the girl who is undergoing treatment at the hospital.

According to the police, Amritlal Tiwari is associated with RKM and works at the train station. He is survived by his wife, his daughters Sakshi, Shivangi and his son Amit (11). Amritlal was always arguing with his wife about his wife’s property. He is addicted to alcohol. Husbands and wives often fight over alcohol and money. As a result, the atmosphere in the house was polluted.

Sakshi, who is 11 years old, and Shivangi, who is 9 years old, were fed up with their father’s nature. So he often thought about committing suicide. The two began to spend the day explaining to each other. The witness decided to commit suicide on his own as the parents had been arguing for two days. The witness committed suicide by hanging himself in the bedroom at 11 am on Sunday. Shivangi, who had gone to bathe, came out and saw his sister hanging from him. So he immediately took the pen notebook. In it he wrote that he was bored by the fight between his parents. Also, Tai, I’m going with you too.

Mankapur Police immediately rushed to the scene and took Shivangi to hospital while the witness’s body was transferred to Mayo Hospital. Mankapur police recorded one accidental death in the case.


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