Effect on local workers unknown if GM strikes

General Motors employs thousands of workers in Western New York. And tens of thousands more across the country can go on strike starting Sunday.

A trade union agreement with the company is set to expire at midnight, and the two sides are still far from reaching a new agreement. A scandal with United Auto Workers Union President Gary Jones complicates negotiations.

Detroit News reports that Jones is accused of misusing union funds. In some cases, union officials are also accused of receiving bribes from automaker Fiat Chrysler.

A FBI spokesman says agents from the FBI, the IRS and the Labor Department searched Jones' home last month.

Nine other former union officials have pleaded guilty.

GM is already struggling with slow sales and has closed two car plants with three more to close by the end of next year.

There is no word how the ongoing questions will affect workers at GM facilities in Tonawanda and Lockport.

UAW Local 774 on Niagara Street in Buffalo puts out strike instructions for members before the midnight deadline.

Some promising signs at the Tonawanda plant are that GM's president was there in July to announce a new V-8 engine for the 2020 Chevrolet Stingray Corvette to be manufactured there.

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