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H-D, union reach tentative agreement

Harley-Davidson announced it has reached a tentative labor agreement with union workers at its York, Penn., manufacturing plant, a breakthrough that could end a two-week-old strike.

Neither H-D nor the union is releasing details of the agreement, but both sides have stated they are satisfied with the compromises made in reaching a deal. Although an agreement as been reached, union members still must vote to ratify it Thursday.

“We are gratified that a tentative accord has been reached,” said Frank Larkin, spokesman at the union’s international headquarters in Washington, D.C. “In the event of a successful ratification, we will make every effort to return to 100 percent production as quickly as possible.”

The strike disrupted H-D’s national production and had ripple effects as far away as Wisconsin, where 440 employees were laid off last week. The company had warned that additional layoffs were possible if the work stoppage in York continued.

The union announced on its Web site Friday that picketing would be halted immediately. H-D has not stated when the York factory’s motorcycle production might resume.

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