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U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and  Congressman Joe Morelle are urging  General Motors Chairman and CEO, Marry Barra, to locate ventilator production at GM’s Rochester Components plant as GM increases ventilator production to mitigate the severe shortage of that device that is expected as coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly spreads.

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General Motors workers have voted 57.2% in favor of a new contract with the company, ending a 40-day strike.

The United Auto Workers union said  Friday that the contract was approved 23,389 to 17,501. The vote means that workers will put down their picket signs and return to their jobs. Some will start as early as Friday night, and some production could resume on Saturday.

Skilled trades workers will begin restarting factories that were shuttered when 49,000 workers walked out on Sept. 16.

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While the members of the United Auto Workers continue to consider a tentative contract deal across the country, local employees of GM have already decided they don’t like it. The settlement is aimed at ending a strike that began in mid-September.

Members of UAW Local 1097 in Rochester have already voted overwhelmingly to oppose that tentative offer from GM.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli joined striking members of the United Auto Workers union outside a General Motors plant in Rochester on Monday, as tensions continue between workers and the company.

DiNapoli spoke to workers on the picket line outside the plant on Lexington Avenue. He says he supports the UAW in their negotiations with GM.

"I certainly support them in their battle and I hope that GM, which has been an enlightened company in many ways, will listen to their better angels and come up with a positive resolution as soon as possible," DiNapoli says.

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New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie visited GM workers who are on the picket line in Rochester on Monday when he made a few  stops around the area. Around 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers union have been on a national strike against General Motors for eight days as of Monday.

Heastie says that people should be prioritized over profits, particularly with the type of profits that GM has.