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Canadian auto workers ratify new contract with Ford

Following the lead of their colleagues at General Motors Corporation, Canadian members of the United Automobile Workers have overwhelmingly approved a new contract with Ford Motor Company. Union members voted 4,283 to 895, or 82.7 percent, in favor of a contract closely resembling the pact reached after a 12 -day strike last month by workers at General Motors Canada Ltd.

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Robert White, the UAW's Canadian director, attributed Sunday's low voter turnout among the approximately 14,200 hourly Ford workers to the belief on the part of many in the union that the contract would be ratified.