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UAW to bargain next with Ford on new contract deal: sources

FILE PHOTO: A United Auto Workers (UAW) picket sign is seen outside General Motors Powertrain Flint Engine plant during the UAW national strike in Flint

(Reuters) - The United Auto Workers union is set to announce later on Friday it has chosen Ford Motor Co <F.N> as the next U.S. automaker the union will negotiate with, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The UAW is also expected to separately announce later Friday that members have ratified a deal to end a 40-day U.S. strike at General Motors Co <GM.N>. The UAW declined to comment and a Ford spokeswoman said she could not confirm the Dearborn automaker had been chosen.

(Reporting by David Shepardson and Ben Klayman)