Canadian GM workers accept contract

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TORONTO (AP) — Canadian auto workers at GM have voted to accept the new contract that their union leadership negotiated last week.

The Canadian Auto Workers union said Thursday 73 percent of its GM members accepted the four-year deal. The union says about half of the 5,500 workers at GM Canada cast ballots.

The union leadership also reached an agreement with Ford last week and Chrysler this week. Ford workers voted in favor of their deal last weekend and Chrysler workers are set to vote on their tentative agreement this weekend.

GM and Chrysler matched the deal the union reached with Ford.

The contracts cut wages for new hires and freeze pay for current workers. But the contracts also give them lump-sum payments to cover inflation and for ratifying the deal.

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