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GM May Stockpile Cars as Strike Cushion
Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp. plans to boost vehicle inventories as much as 20 percent higher than normal as a precaution against a possible labor strike this year, people familiar with the matter said.

The world's largest automaker may stockpile as many as 1.2 million cars and trucks, up from about 1 million, according to people briefed on GM's strategy. They didn't want to be identified because the plans haven't been made public.
The move would signal that GM is bracing for a possible showdown with the United Auto Workers over health-care and other costs. GM Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner said yesterday that even after cutting $9 billion in annual labor, health-care and manufacturing costs, his Detroit-based automaker needs more concessions from its largest union.

GM would build inventory ``to get the message across that they're going be tough during the talks,' said Sean McAlinden, a labor economist at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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