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Unions: Cruze production reduction 'indefinitely' postponed

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio -

The union locals representing autoworkers are passing along good news to their members.

UAW Local 1714 and UAW Local 1112 both reported on Tuesday that General Motors has “postponed indefinitely” a previous announcement that would result in reducing the volume of Chevy Cruze production in Lordstown.

The unions say the decision to postpone the so-called “de-rate”, which was scheduled to take place in July, was reached after meetings between union leaders and corporate officials in Detroit.

A statement from UAW Local 1714 says the decision will allow jobs to be preserved.

Messages from both union locals say details are still being worked out and members can expect to learn more during meetings next week.

General Motors announced earlier this month that it planned to shut down production of the Chevy Cruze for two more weeks this summer.

A notice issued on May 1 by UAW Local 1714 announced that management has designated the weeks of July 3 and July 10 as layoff weeks.

The down time is in addition to the previously announced weeks of June 19 and June 26 as mandatory plant vacation shutdown weeks.

A posting on UAW Local 1714's Facebook page reminds workers that the upcoming two week vacation period and two week volume shutdown remained scheduled.

In January, GM eliminated the third shift at the Lordstown Complex due to what the company says was a change in buyer preference from small cars to trucks and crossover vehicles.

1,200 UAW members lost their jobs when the shift came to an end.

In recent weeks, union leaders at Local 1112 say they have negotiated with management to bring back 81 laid-off members.

21 News has contacted General Motors for further information about the union's claims.

GM spokesperson Thomas Mock responded, saying the company does not comment publicly on specifics of  production schedules, adding that GM's production plan is focused on building to market demand.

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