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UAW local voting on strike authorization

United Auto Workers members are voting on whether to authorize a strikeat General Motors’ Lansing Delta Township plant.   The vote centers on several workplace issues.   

The Delta Township plant produces the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.  Tracy Handler is an analyst with IHS Global Insight.    She says if UAW members strike at the Lansing plant, the effect would not be immediate on GM.   

“The Acadia…the Enclave and the Traverse are looking at fairly strong levels of inventory," says Handler, "(GM) would be able to weather a couple of months of downtime if they had to.   They would still have models on the showroom floors.”   

The strike vote will wrap up tomorrow.   

The vote would not automatically mean a strike.  It would just give union leaders the option to call a strike. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.