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United Auto Workers president Bob King listens to a question during a news conference in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Union leaders from General Motors factories around the U.S. have endorsed a new four-year contract with the company. They are recommending that GM United Auto Workers president Bob King listens to a question during a news conference in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Union leaders from General Motors factories around the U.S. have endorsed a new four-year contract with the company. They are recommending that GM's 48,500 factory workers approve the deal in votes during the next week. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)  

UAW deal to save 6,400 auto jobs

DETROIT — A new four-year contract deal between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Co. will add or keep 6,400 jobs in the U.S. with a $2.5 billion investment, the union said Tuesday.

Union leaders from around the country were briefed on the deal in Detroit in a morning meeting, and they voted to recommend that GM’s 48,500 factory workers ratify it in voting that will take place in the next week.

The deal creates over 5,100 new jobs and keeps around 1,300 others.

The union said that under the deal, GM has agreed to create or keep the jobs and invest in its factories, including the reopening of an assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. Union-company teams also are identifying 760 more potential jobs and 1,400 more jobs for UAW-represented GM suppliers, officials said at a news conference.