American Axle workers get details of contract

DETROIT (AP) -- American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc. workers in Detroit are getting details of a tentative agreement that could settle an 11-week strike by the United Auto Workers union.

Workers gathered Sunday at a high school to hear details of Friday's agreement.

A summary distributed by the union includes base pay of $18.50 per hour for Detroit workers. That's a cut from $28 per hour for production workers, but better than the $17 per hour the auto parts supplier had been offering.

The summary also says there's a $5,000 bonus for signing the contract. And buyouts being offered include $85,000 for someone with less than 10 years with the company, and $140,000 for a worker with more.

The deal could end a bitter strike that has dragged on since Feb. 26. crippling production at about 30 General Motors Corp. assembly plants. In Ohio, a lack of parts idled workers at the Moraine GM plant near Dayton, and the strike also has meant changes at GM plants in Parma, Mansfield and Toledo.

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