GM Strike Over

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MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich: A walkout which threatened to shut down General Motor's entire North American operation ended Sunday night after 89 percent of striking autoworkers at the company's Warren plant accepted an agreement to end the walkout. The Warren facility is the main manufacturer of front-drive transmissions for most GM automobiles made in North America. The dispute, which began over company plans to transfer wheel-making operations to independent suppliers, ended with a plan that will allow the plant to continue making wheels through the year 2002. The deal also gave autoworkers job security if the work is shifted elsewhere or phased out, and outlined plans to hire 420 new employees.