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UAW members unanimously ratify 5-year Sakthi contract

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

United Auto Workers members at Sakthi Automotive Group USA in Detroit unanimously voted in favor of their first union-negotiated contract with the auto supplier.

The UAW says all 95 of those who voted Saturday were in support of the five-year deal. The union represents more than 200 at the plant.

Additional details of the agreement were not immediately available. Officials with the company and UAW Local 600, which represents the workers, did not immediately respond for comment.

A tentative agreement was reached last week after the UAW threatened to strike the India-based automotive supplier. The union alleged the company was not bargaining in good faith and conducting unfair labor practices.

The union was certified to represent workers at Sakthi’s facilities in Detroit late last year.

Sakthi supplies safety components for vehicle suspension systems to automakers including General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. The supplier has parts on the new Chevrolet Camaro and the new Cadillac CT6.

In October, Sakthi executives, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, delegates from Mexico and General Motors Co. executives gathered for a groundbreaking celebration for a new $30 million plant at 6921 W. Fort.

At that time, the new Sakthi plant was expected to open in March and the company said it would employ 350 workers, including some ex-convicts who were returning to the workforce. The project was awarded a $3.5-million performance-based grant from state officials.

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