Auto labor agreement
The United Auto Workers and General Motors Corp. reached a tentative agreement yesterday to end a 4-day-old strike at a plant that makes the bodies for its second-best-selling car. UAW international representative Jim Sickles refused to disclose details of the agreement until the 4,200 members of Local 602 vote on the proposed agreement today. The strike centered on local plant grievances.
Workers walked off the job Friday at the Lansing, Mich., plant that makes the outer body of the fast-selling Pontiac Grand Am. Workers picketed outside the facility Sunday. GM spokeswoman Linda Cook said the tentative settlement "is equitable for both GM and the UAW."
Rockwell quits electric car
General Motors Corp.'s electric car could be delayed because Rockwell International Corp. has pulled out, apparently angry over the cost-cutting tactics of GM's new global supply procurement executive. Rockwell was to be the lone source for plastic body panels for GM's electric car, called the Impact, the trade journal Automotive News reported yesterday.
The electric car is critical to GM and other automakers because California, the biggest single market for cars in the nation, requires that 2 percent of any maker's autos sold there by 1998 be pollution-free. The only practical pollution-free technology is electricity.
Northwest doubles changing fee
Northwest Airlines doubled the fee it charges leisure passengers to change flights or switch tickets for a better discount yesterday, but its competitors didn't go along. The industry tried last month to raise the $25 fee to $50 but failed when some airlines refused to adopt broader fare increases.
Acid rain mars 11,000 Nissans
Nissan Motor Corp. said yesterday that the paint on about 11,000 vehicles parked outside its Tennessee factory were damaged by an environmental problem that the company suspects was acid rain. A Nissan spokesman said the automaker is selling the damaged vehicles at discounts to fleet customers and employees. They will not be sold to the general public.
Macy reports sales off 10 percent
R. H. Macy & Co., the famous retailer drawn into bankruptcy court last January, reported yesterday that sales fell 10.1 percent in August and that it lost $34.6 million. Macy's projected sales to continue to drop until December and January.