DETROIT – In a prepared statement made in the early hours of Sept. 15, United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger announced a tentative agreement between the union and Daimler Chrysler. Later in the day, the union announced that it had also reached an agreement with Ford and Visteon.

“We’re proud of the agreement and are satisfied that it’s a good agreement that addresses the needs of our membership – active and retired – and accomplishes our bargaining goals,” Gettelfinger said of each.

UAW bargaining goals included preserving existing health care coverage, job security, health and safety protections, and pension protections.

The details of each tentative agreement won’t be made public until the membership votes on them.