The United Auto Workers national strike against General Motors is being closely watched by UAW Local 2488 in Normal, Ill., which represents 1,500 Mitsubishi Motors North America workers, and UAW Local 974 in East Peoria, which represents Caterpillar Inc. workers. "Of course we're paying attention to what happens in the GM talks," said Dave Chapman, president of Local 974. "I'm not sure how they would affect us right now, though. It's hard to say until we see the language."

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