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Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers have a new, four-year contract with 56.3% of the vote.

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A United Auto Workers leadership group has voted to send a proposed contract with Ford to members for a ratification vote.

The agreement largely follows the pattern set by the agreement with General Motors, with a few differences.

Ford Motor Company's headquarters in Dearborn.
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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.

Although General Motors CEO Mary Barra wasn't among the business leaders that quit President Trump's advisory councils before they disbanded, Howes says he believes she was leaning in that direction.
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General Motors reports the 40-day strike by the United Auto Workers will result in a nearly $3 billion profit loss in 2019.

The automaker's output also dropped by about 300,000 vehicles because of the strike.

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Today on Stateside, Rachael Denhollander, one of the hundreds of women and girls abused by disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, joined us to talk about her new memoir What Is A Girl Worth? Plus, the legacy of former U.S. Representative John Conyers, who died Sunday, in Detroit and beyond.

 

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With the strike against General Motors now in the rear view mirror, the United Auto Workers has turned its attention to Ford to reach a new contract with that company.

Wayne State University professor of business Marick Masters says the union uses the first contract it reaches as a pattern for the other two Detroit automakers during talks.

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The UAW strike against General Motors is over. Union members voted 57% to 43% to ratify a new four-year contract.

Vincent Gardner was manning his post on the picket line Friday afternoon, a few hours before the contract ratification was officially announced.  But everyone knew the strike was over.  

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Today on Stateside, on the same day the UAW announces that the new GM contract will be ratified, we hear from a Michigan plant that voted against the deal. Plus, the ban on baiting deer and how it will affect hunting in the state.

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On her first day of strike duty, Cindy Holmes looked up at a clear blue sky and saw a bald eagle soaring over the picket line.

“It was flying really low, and it was just circling around, soaring, it was just doing it’s thing, you know what I mean? It was like, ‘Ah, I’m cool.’”

It seemed like a promising sign on the first day of what would become a historic strike.

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More than 60% of Flint Truck Assembly plant workers voted to approve a tentative contract with General Motors.  

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It rained all day Monday in Romulus, Michigan. 

At GM's Romulus Powertrain plant, strikers had a fire going in a big barrel where they could warm their hands.  

Steven Boyle walked the picket line undeterred, water streaming off his orange poncho. 

"My grandfather was a sit-down striker," says Boyle. "If he was capable of locking himself inside a building for 45 days, not knowing the next time he was going to get a meal...well, bring on -20 degrees, and I'd still be out here. It wouldn't make a difference to me."

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Michigan UAW members walked the picket line in the pouring rain on Monday on day 36 of the strike against General Motors.

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Today on Stateside, what we know about the details of the UAW's tentative agreement with General Motors. Plus, why a state lawmaker wants to override the NCAA rules that restrict how student athletes are allowed to earn money. 

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After one month of striking, the United Auto Workers have reached a deal with General Motors.

The proposed deal, which was announced Thursday, would increase wages, keep the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Plant open, and lead to 9,000 new or retained jobs - a jump from GM's original proposal of 5,400 jobs.

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The United Auto Workers and General Motors have reached a tentative contract agreement that could end a month-long strike that brought the automaker's U.S. factories to a standstill.

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The UAW and GM have a tentative contract.

The proposed four-year contract could end the longest national strike against the carmaker since 1970. But union leaders still have to sell the deal to a rank and file that's been on the picket line for a month.

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Today on Stateside, after 31 days on the picket line, the UAW and General Motors came to a tentative contract agreement. We hear about the details and what comes next. Plus, Michigan farmers face record low production of corn and soybeans  after a cold, wet spring. 

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As the UAW's strike against GM enters its fifth week, the two sides may finally be close to reaching a proposed deal on a new contract.

The talks have been unusually difficult, with negotiators struggling to resolve disputes over job security, temporary workers, health insurance, and wage increases. 

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United Auto Workers said Saturday it's increasing strike pay for workers picketing at General Motors as the walkout by more than 49,000 employees nears the four-week mark.

   

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer stopped by a UAW picket line at a General Motors plant near Grand Rapids Thursday evening.

The governor and her team rolled up in black SUVs just before dusk. Whitmer posed for pictures, shook hands, and listened as workers described what’s at stake for them in the strike.

Nearly 50,000 workers have been on strike against GM since last month. They say they’re holding out for higher wages, and job security for temporary workers.

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Today on Stateside, as the UAW strike against General Motors begins its fourth week, we hear from one striker on the picket line. Plus, how Governor Whitmer’s line item vetoes will impact charter schools and autism services in Michigan. 

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Today on Stateside, top United Auto Workers union leaders are now working with federal investigators on the probe into corruption at the UAW. Plus, we talk to the Detroiter who is just one country away from having visited every United Nations recognized country. She is aiming to be the first black woman to do so. 

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The United Auto Workers has rejected General Motors' latest proposal for a new four-year contract.

The union says the offer fell short on many issues, including job security.

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Today on Stateside, how the United Auto Worker's strike of General Motors is hitting workers' household budgets and the broader economy. Plus, the deadline for a state budget is October 1. Will Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the GOP-led state legislature be able to strike a deal before then and avoid a partial government shutdown? 

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Today on Stateside, what impact does the impeachment inquiry into President Trump have on the auto industry? Plus, a new memoir about the price people pay when they are displaced from their true roots, generation after generation.

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There are a few signs that negotiators are getting closer to a deal on a new four-year contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers, as the union's strike against the company entered its 11th day.

GM announced on Thursday it would reinstate health insurance benefits for striking workers, after suddenly canceling the benefits the week before. The automaker says the benefits will be paid for at its own expense, not the union's.

The Detroit News also reports that GM asked its delivery truck contractors if they would be ready to start up again if the strike ends, or if they will need time to get drivers and trucks ready.

UAW workers went on strike in Flint Monday.
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A group of Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives announced a package of legislation aimed at protecting Michigan’s workers Monday.

The bills include a bill of rights for temporary workers, a fair scheduling act for workers in industries like retail and hospitality, and a credit for families caring for children or elder parents.

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Inside the union hall for UAW Local 167 in Wyoming, there are cases of bottled water stacked against the wall, bags of chips lined up along the table, and more donations coming in all the time.

“Good luck, keep up the good fight,” one woman says as she drops off more food for the striking workers.

“I’m actually overwhelmed by the support of the community,” says Willie Holmes, President of UAW Local 167. “They have just been stepping up left and right like you would not believe. I mean, every time I blink, here comes another truckload of food. Or just, somebody wants to come in and just donate their time.”

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