TN UAW chief credits Obama for restart at former Saturn plant

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) - The United Auto Workers leader at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill said the plan to restart assembly at the plant and create some 1,700 new jobs two years after shutting it down shows President Barack Obama was right to bail out the auto industry.

UAW Local 1853 President Mike O'Rourke said there will be about 2,200 workers, including some who are already building GM engines at the former Saturn plant, and another 15,000 spinoff jobs in the surrounding Middle Tennessee region. O'Rourke said the auto bailout saved 1 million jobs in the United States, and "Hey, Obama was right."

In 2009, GM announced the shutdown of Spring Hill and laid off more than 2,000 workers. O'Rourke said the restart planned to begin next year is an "economic miracle."

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