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UAW, Ford Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

Written by Sandy Williams

The United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Co. have announced a tentative agreement just three days after talks began in “earnest” on Monday.

“Our national negotiators elected by their local unions have voted to recommend to the UAW-Ford National Council the proposed tentative agreement,” said UAW Vice President Rory Gamble. “Our negotiating team worked diligently during the General Motors strike to maintain productive negotiations with Ford. The pattern bargaining strategy has been a very effective approach for UAW and its members to secure economic gains around salary, benefits and secured over $6 billion in major product investments in American facilities, creating and retaining over 8,500 jobs for our communities.”

The tentative agreement will be reviewed by the UAW-Ford National Council and, if adopted, will be presented to Ford hourly and salaried members for a ratification vote.

The speed at which negotiators reached terms may indicate that Ford did not object to the pattern laid out in the GM agreement regarding temporary employees and other provisions.

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