GM Organizes Rallies Against CAFE Increases
PONTIAC, Mich. (Reuters) - General Motors Corp. and union workers held rallies on Monday at plants in three Midwestern states, warning that the U.S. automotive industry would lose more than 100,000 American jobs if the Senate passed a proposal to raise fuel economy standards.
The rallies are the latest effort by the world's largest automaker to counter a proposal by Democratic Senators Ernest Hollings and John Kerry to raise the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks to 35 miles per gallon by 2013.
"The increase would cut more than 100,000 jobs in the U.S. automotive sector," Guy Briggs, GM's general manager of vehicle manufacturing, told one of the rallies at GM's truck assembly plant here. "It's a domino effect with devastating consequences," he told hundreds of workers.
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