According to reports from The Vindicator, Ohio, General Motors' management team is working with union officials to remove nonskilled maintenance work from the union. The change is just one way GM is hoping to cut costs and avoid closing its plant in 2009. A GM spokesman said the company is forced to reduce costs in areas that aren't directly tied to vehicle assembly, which includes janitorial work.

"The union said contract talks have started in nonskilled maintenance because the department was reduced by 80 percent through retirement and buyout incentives last year. About 40 workers are left in the department."

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