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US carmakers' wage talks with union start on high note

GM's Ms Barra and the UAW's Mr Williams at Monday's negotiations. The current four-year labour contract expires on July 14.

New York

WHEN US carmakers negotiated their existing contract with the United Auto Workers union four years ago, the domestic car industry was just recovering from a deep recession.

But conditions have vastly improved since then. US sales are roaring towards 17 million vehicles