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UAW, Ford reach tentative four-year contract deal after 3 days of negotiations

Ford Motor Company's headquarters in Dearborn.
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The proposed deal affects 55,000 of Ford's hourly workers. That's the most of all of the domestic automakers.

Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers have struck a tentative agreement on a four-year contract after three days of negotiations.

The agreement comes after a lengthy UAW strike against General Motors, which ended in a new four-year contract. It's typical for the UAW to use its first deal as a model for negotiations with the other two Detroit car companies.

The deal includes economic gains in wages and benefits, the retention or creation of 8,500 U.S. jobs, and more than $6 billion in investments in American facilities. That's according to a statement released Wednesday night by the UAW.

UAW local leaders meet Friday to go over the deal and decide whether to send it to members for a ratification vote.

The contract will affect 55,000 of Ford's hourly workers. That's the most of all of the domestic automakers.

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Lauren Talley is Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition producer. She produces and edits studio interviews and feature stories, and helps manage the “Mornings in Michigan” series. Lauren also serves as the lead substitute host for Morning Edition.
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