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Union threatens GM with strike notice

TORONTO — The Canadian Auto Workers Union says they could serve General Motors with a 24-hour strike notice Thursday after GM failed to meet the pattern of a deal the union reached with Ford.

Union spokeswoman Shannon Devine said there are a few key items missing from GM’s latest proposal.

The union decided to keep working past a midnight Monday strike deadline after reaching a tentative deal with Ford and extending its contracts with GM and Chrysler. Workers are staying on the job as talks continue but can go on strike after giving GM and Chrysler 24 hours’ notice. The union wants the Ford contract to serve as a template for the other two companies. The union says it’s making better progress with Chrysler and it’s frustrated with GM.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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