UAW-GM tentative agreement lays tough pattern for Ford, FCA

The United Automobile Workers’ proposed tentative agreement with General Motors Co. is expected to set the “pattern” for the automaker’s crosstown rivals to follow, and the framework laid Thursday — if ratified — would be expensive for the other two Detroit automakers.

Both Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have signaled they want to cut costs during contract negotiations. The larger economic pieces of the UAW’s proposed contract obligate GM to pay a record $11,000 ratification bonus; grant 3% raises over two years and 4% lump-sum bonuses in the other two; make no changes to the existing health care plan, plans all three automakers have said would be too pricey to maintain in coming years.