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GM rejects union's squad car proposal
UAW sought to add work at Lansing plan
Barbara Wieland
Lansing State Journal

The United Auto Workers' attempt to make a cop car in General Motors Corp.'s Lansing Car Assembly plant has failed.

The world's largest automaker decided not to build the rear-wheel drive Hol-den Commodore at the aging assembly plant, GM spokesman Dan Flores said. The union had proposed making the car in Lansing last month.

"While GM appreciates the creativity of the local proposal, it is not something we are going to pursue," Flores said.

Despite the setback, union officials said they're still trying to find more work for the plant. Lansing Car Assembly recently lost production of one of its three car models.

The Commodore "is not the car they're looking for, but we're still trying to bring work in," said Mike Green, vice chairman of UAW Local 652.

Union officials had proposed the rear-wheel drive Commodore because they thought it could fill a need among the nation's police departments. Ford currently dominates the cruiser market, but Green said earlier that many officers aren't happy with its Crown Victoria.

Last month, union members traveled to Detroit to pitch the Commodore idea to GM.

Local 652 Chairman Art Baker said GM hasn't ruled out cop cars completely. Though the Commodore idea was nixed, he said GM could still be persuaded to make a different police cruiser in the plant.

"The concept is still there and we are still pursuing it," he said.

The union also is looking for sheet metal work or parts production to bring to the Lansing Metal Center plant on Saginaw Street, Baker said.

Finding new work for the plant is a priority for the UAW Locals 602 and 652.

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