American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings says a new contract proposal from the striking United Auto Workers is a little better but falls far short of giving the company the concessions it needs to compete in the auto parts business.
UAW members went on strike against American Axle six weeks ago, causing parts shortages that have closed or curtailed work at 29 factories, including a handful in Indiana as well as a Hummer plant run by AM General in Mishawaka, Indiana.
American Axle said labor costs under the union's proposal are a "slight improvement" but remain about twice those at the company's competitors.
Messages seeking comment from UAW spokesman Roger Kerson were left after business hours last night.
American Axle said contract talks are expected to continue today.