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Some of General Motors' 900 hourly workers in Bowling Green are picketing outside the Corvette Assembly Plant after negotiations over a new labor contract hit a stalemate.  They're joining roughly 49,000 of their counterparts in the first nationwide strike since 2007.

GM employees walked off their jobs Sunday night at 11:59 p.m., 24 hours after their four-year contract expired.


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A $120 million settlement between General Motors and 49 states and Washington, D.C. will bring more than $1 million apiece to Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. 

Two owners of diesel-powered General Motors vehicles are accusing the car maker of producing an engine that exceeds U.S. standards for pollutant emissions under normal driving conditions, in a lawsuit that targets more than 700,000 Silverado trucks and Sierra SUVs.

The class-action lawsuit accuses GM of using "at least three separate 'defeat devices' to increase engine power and efficiency" in its Duramax diesel engines, citing tests on vehicles during several minutes of driving as well as at temperatures outside of the certification range of 68-86 degrees Fahrenheit.


The Bowling Green General Motors plant is temporarily shutting down later this year to prepare for the production of the next generation Corvette.

Rarely has a U.S. president been so willing to use his platform as both bullhorn and cudgel to exert public pressure on individual companies.

But one of the hallmarks of President Trump's approach to economic policy since his election has been his willingness to publicly endorse — and shame — companies in order to advance his message.