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Ford and UAW reach tentative agreement that would end 6-week strike

Union auto workers and Ford Motors have reached a tentative agreement that would put the brakes on a nearly six-week strike at the carmaker, the union said.

The tentative four-year deal was announced Wednesday night and now needs to be ratified by a majority of Ford’s 57,000 union workers.

The UAW and Ford agreed to increase worker wages by at least 25% over the duration of the deal, cost of living adjustment and other improved benefits.

“Today we reached a tentative agreement with Ford,” UAW President Shawn Fain said in a video on social media, calling it a “major victory.”

Temporary workers will get raises of more than 150% and annual bonuses would go to retirees, UAW Vice President Chuck Browning said. Starting pay would also go up by 68%, the union said.

United Auto Workers members strike at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant on September 16, 2023
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United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain raises his fist at a rally in Detroit, on Sept. 15, 2023.

Bargaining reportedly ratcheted up this week as the two sides came closer to a deal.

The new deal between Ford and the union could be used in contract negotiations between GM and Stellantis. In past auto strikes, a UAW deal with one automaker has led other companies to those terms.

With Post wires