Most Doraville workers to return to plant today

DORAVILLE - Less than 48 hours after it began, the United Auto Workers ended its strike against General Motors.

Most of the 1,200 workers at the GM plant in Doraville will return to work today and some started back as early as the second shift Wednesday.

This was the first nationwide strike against GM during auto contract negotiations since 1970. The UAW last struck GM in 1998, when a 54-day strike at two plants shut down production across the country, according to the Associated Press.

The agreement reached between the UAW and GM at 3 a.m. on Wednesday is tentative and still requires ratification from the 74,000 UAW members that work for GM. It seems likely ratification will occur since the UAW International Executive Board and the UAW GM National Negotiating Committee have unanimously recommended the agreement.

"We're proud of this tentative agreement and we look forward to getting into the field and discussing it with our membership," UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said in a press release.

"This agreement helps us close the fundamental competitive gaps that exist in our business," GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said in a press release. "The projected competitive improvements in this agreement will allow us to maintain a strong manufacturing presence in the United States along with significant future investments."

The quick end to the strike at the DeKalb County plant is good news for a number of people across Gwinnett.

Roughly half of the nearly 4,000 active and retired members of UAW Local 10 in Doraville live in Gwinnett County, UAW Local 10 President Willie Monroe said on Monday. Workers at General Motors' Doraville branch are members of the UAW Local 10.

Monroe could not be reached for comment about the strike's end on Wednesday.

Several Gwinnett companies that supply parts to GM's Doraville plant were also affected by the strike.

Nearly 50 employees at Android Industries in Norcross were temporarily laid off because of the strike, but will return to work today, company management said Wednesday.

A work stoppage at the Doraville plant may become a more permanent problem in the near future. General Motors has already announced plans to close the plant in 2008.