BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Nearly 50 people have been laid off from the General Motors plant in Lockport, the company told News 4 on Thursday.

48 people who work at the plant were laid off.

The local 686 union President at GM Lockport said that the workers were laid off as a result of the first round of the auto strike, where the first members went on strike recently from Wentzville, Mo. The union says the layoffs are temporary that they are offering strike pay to the affected workers.

However, GM denies this, saying “it is unfortunate the UAW’s decision to call a strike at the plants in Missouri continues to have negative ripple.”

In addition to Lockport, there were layoffs at four more GM locations: 1,585 in Kansas, 488 at two sites in Ohio and 34 in Indiana.

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Aidan Joly joined the News 4 staff in 2022. He is a graduate of Canisius College. You can see more of his work here.