Ford hourly workers ratify healthcare deal


DETROIT, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Blue-collar workers at Ford Motor Co. have ratified a deal that will help cut the automaker's multibillion dollar health-care costs, the United Auto Workers union said on Thursday. The UAW said 51 percent of members voted in favor of the the deal reached last week. It has said the agreement will help Ford will save $850 million annually in health care expenses. The deal had to be ratified by the UAW's rank and file.

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