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Autoworkers reach a deal with Ford

AP – The United Auto Workers (UAW) union said it has reached a tentative contract agreement with Ford that could be a breakthrough toward ending the nearly six-week-old strikes against Detroit automakers.

The four-year deal, which still has to be approved by 57,000 union members at the company, could bring a close to the union’s series of strikes at targeted factories run by Ford, General Motors (GM) and Jeep maker Stellantis.

The Ford deal could set the pattern for agreements with the other two automakers, where workers will remain on strike.

The UAW called on all workers at Ford to return to their jobs and said that will put pressure on GM and Stellantis to bargain. Announcements on how to do that will come later.

“We told Ford to pony up, and they did,” President Shawn Fain said in a video address to members. “We won things no one thought possible.” He added that Ford put 50 per cent more money on the table than it did before the strike started on September 15.

UAW Vice President Chuck Browning, the chief negotiator with Ford, said workers will get a 25 per cent general wage increase, plus cost of living raises that will put the pay increase over 30 per cent, to above USD40 per hour for top-scale assembly plant workers by the end of the contract.

Strikers picket during United Auto Workers strike at Stellantis Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio, United States. PHOTO: AP