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Michigan Mayor Orders Employees to Buy American-Made Vehicles

September 16, 2008

WARREN, MI – Recently, Jim Fouts, the mayor of Metro Detroit’s largest suburb, told his 40-plus appointees that he expects their next new-car purchase to be American-made. Those who don’t comply may lose their jobs, according to the Detroit News.

Fouts said he cleared the executive order with the city attorney. The affected staffers are employed on an “at-will” basis, meaning that either party can terminate their contract for any reason.

Warren is the site of several General Motors and Chrysler manufacturing and assembly plants, as well as GM’s sprawling Tech Center. That makes them Warren’s two biggest taxpayers and, according to Fouts, deserving of the city’s support.

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