Large UAW local OK ensures Ford deal ratification

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Posted: Oct 19, 2011 8:29 AM

(Reuters) - Hourly workers at a large local represented by the United Auto Workers have approved a proposed labor deal with Ford Motor Co, ensuring the four-year agreement's ratification.

Fifty-three percent of those casting ballots at the large UAW Local 862, which represents hourly workers at the key Kentucky truck and Louisville assembly plants, voted in support of the deal, a union official said.

The result ensures overall ratification of the proposed deal, as before this tally more than 60 percent of workers had voted to ratify it. The UAW will issue a final voting tally later on Wednesday.

The proposed deal gives Ford workers at least $16,000 in bonuses, including a $6,000 signing bonus.

Ratification of the Ford deal would leave Chrysler Group LLC, which is controlled and majority owned by Italian automaker Fiat SpA, as the last of the Detroit automakers with a labor deal to ratify. UAW workers at Chrysler are voting on their tentative pact through late October.

UAW workers at General Motors Co ratified their deal in late September.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in New York and Ben Klayman in Detroit)