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UAW, Chrysler Reach Tentative Four-Year Deal

It lasted just a matter of hours — now, the UAW's strike against Chrysler is over.

The union has reached a tentative agreement with the automaker — and union workers should be back on the job shortly.

No details have been released, but in a statement, UAW Vice President General Holiefield says the deal "protects jobs for our communities and also protects wages, pensions and health care for our active and retired members."

Negotiations between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers failed to produce an agreement before the union-imposed deadline Wednesday morning. As a result, tens of thousands of Chrysler workers went on strike.

Chrysler employs more than 45,000 UAW members, but not all went on strike, because plants had already been idled. The UAW exempted those plants from the walkout.

Dustin Dwyer of Michigan Radio reports from Sterling Heights, Mich.

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