UAW avoids strike at Missouri Ford factory

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative local agreement that will avoid a strike next week at a key Ford assembly plant.

Ford officials say in a statement Saturday morning that the agreement was forged by working with its UAW partners at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri. They say “plant operations will continue as scheduled.”

No details of the tentative agreement were released. Union Vice President Jimmy Settles had previously given the company a five-day strike notice.

The 7,500-worker plant makes the F-150 pickup, Ford’s most popular model, as well as the Transit commercial van.

Ford’s national contract with the union expired Sept. 14 but workers stayed on the job under an extension.

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