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American Axle, UAW Talks Progressing; No Deal Yet

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings and the United Auto Workers have made progress in talks aimed at ending a seven-week strike at five U.S. plants, but talk of a tentative agreement remains premature, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

Expectations that the two sides might be close to a deal heightened on Wednesday after the union opted to postpone a planned rally in Detroit on Friday in support of the striking American Axle workers.

"Things are progressing but talk of a tentative agreement is premature at this time," American Axle spokeswoman Renee Rogers said.

Negotiators for American Axle and the UAW have been meeting daily since talks resumed a week ago. The resumption of full talks after a month of wrangling over financial details had been seen as a sign of a potential breakthrough.

About 3,650 UAW workers are on strike at American Axle plants in Michigan and New York since Feb. 26. The strike also has forced at least the partial idling of 30 General Motors Corp plants in North America due to parts shortages.