A day-long strike at American Axle & Mfg. Inc., which led to the closure of at least three General Motors Corp. plants, is over as a tentative agreement is reached between the supplier and the United Auto Workers union.

An American Axle spokeswoman says she expects workers to begin reporting today (Feb. 27) for the second shift.

Some 6,500 American Axle workers went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 26, when contract negotiations between the supplier and UAW officials failed to produce a new deal on a 4-year contract

AAM workers at two Michigan and three New York plants went out on strike.

GM’s Fort Wayne, IN, plant, which builds the profitable Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, idled its first shift for Feb. 27. A GM spokesman says there has been no further change since the tentative pact was reached.

GM’s Pontiac and Flint, MI, plants, which also produce the Silverado and Sierra, both were down as of Friday morning. The spokesman says Pontiac workers were sent home at 8:15 a.m., and he expected the plant to be down for the day.

One crew at the Flint plant reported for work in the morning but was sent home. The plant was to be idle until the evening crew arrived, which will work until supplies run out.

The GM spokesman declined to speculate on the repercussions of the strike, noting the company does not publicly comment on supplier relationships. American Axle spun off from GM in 1994. GM will determine units of lost production at a later time.

As of Friday (Feb 27) morning, Ward’s estimates GM lost 780 units at Fort Wayne, 1,560 at Pontiac and 420 units at Flint.

DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group, to which American Axle also supplies, reportedly said the strike could have idled plants if it extended into next week.

At issue in the talks was a provision that specified no plant closures, the same language the UAW and Big Three auto makers agreed on last fall.

Also debated was a proposed multi-tier wage scale, which would start new hires at a lower wage than long-time employees.

Thus far, no ratification vote has been scheduled, the UAW says.