Ford autoworkers were set to head back to work after the United Auto Workers (UAW) union reached a tentative labor deal with the company late Wednesday.
Ford was the first of Detroit’s Big Three car manufacturers to negotiate a settlement to strikes joined by 45,000 workers since mid-September. The UAW will now turn its attention to talks with General Motors and Chrysler parent Stellantis.
The agreement, which still must be ratified by union members, includes a 25% wage hike over the life of the 4-1/2-year contract and the elimination of lower-pay tiers for workers in certain parts operations at Ford.
The Ford contract stands as a significant victory for labor, one of many reached this year as workers have walked out or threatened strikes in various industries such as rail, entertainment, shipping, and casinos.