Detroit To Use Asian Labor Costs As Guide in Upcoming Talks

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Detroit's three automakers want to be on par with their Asian rivals.

General Motors, Ford and Chrysler say they will seek labor cost reductions during summer contract talks with the United Auto Workers.

Ford and Chrysler officials told The AP of their plans to secure concessions on wages that have left them at a competitive disadvantage.

A GM spokesman says the company wants to reduce costs to the level of the Japanese automakers such as Toyota.

GM and the UAW have worked together to cut health care costs and reduce the company's hourly work force.

The union isn't commenting but its president said in March he's unwilling to give more.

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