Ford next in line after GM workers end 40-day strike

The UAW will focus negotiations on Ford Motor after hourly members at General Motors ratified a four-year labor pact that includes significant wage gains and bonuses, ending a 40-day national strike that has idled plants in three countries.

“As America’s No. 1 producer of vehicles and largest employer of UAW-represented autoworkers, we look forward to reaching a fair agreement that helps Ford enhance its competitiveness and preserve and protect good-paying manufacturing jobs,” Ford said in a statement.

A union spokesman said negotiations with Ford will begin immediately.