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UAW Local 1590 members picket outside GM plant

September 26, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Members of United Auto Workers Local 1590 withstood soaring temperatures for a second day on the picket lines outside the General Motors parts distribution center north of Martinsburg as part of the union's nationwide strike.

"Everybody's hanging in there," Local 1590 President Ken Collinson said outside the plant entrance off GM Access Road.

Collinson, who was slated to picket from Tuesday at midnight until today at 6 a.m., said firefighters and employees with CSX Transportation and ESSROC extended their support to the union in one form or another since they formed the picket lines on Monday shortly after 11 a.m.

"We're appreciative of our fellow union brothers in the area," Collinson said.

Local 1590 leaders have established a strike information center in the Mill Creek room of the Comfort Inn off Edwin Miller Boulevard, Collinson said.

The center is being staffed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as part of efforts to coordinate picket participants and volunteers who have committed support, Collinson said.

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