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United Auto Workers

Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW

Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers.

The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants.

"There is no higher authority than the membership. Through a fair and democratic process UAW-Ford members have delivered job security and strong economic gains for their families and communities," said UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, the union's top Ford negotiator, in a statement.

Union leaders held a press conference earlier this week to push for the Ford...