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Auto workers who gave up wage increases to save plants and jobs are angry about new shutdowns and spreading layoffs.

General Motors is a particular target. After the concessionary contract signed in April, GM sought local agreements to eliminate inefficiencies in its 147 US operations. Plant-by-plant talks produced only 38 tentative agreements. GM said the corporation would have to ''look at some situations we just can't afford.''

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During the past week, GM announced that two assembly plants will be closed for an indeterminate period, operations will be cut back at two others, and a number of stamping, plating, and parts plants will be closed or consolidated. Thousands will lose jobs or be laid off indefinately.

A United Auto Workers spokesman said that ''this is what we sacrificed to prevent.''

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