DETROIT (AP) _ The Canadian Auto Workers said it reached a tentative contract agreement with DaimlerChrysler AG late Wednesday, less than two hours before 13,800 union workers were set to strike.

CAW President Buzz Hargrove said at a news conference in Toronto that the deal was modeled on an agreement the CAW rank-and-file ratified last week with Ford Motor Co. of Canada.

The two sides had appeared to be at a standstill hours earlier over four disputes involving union organizing and future work. The union had set a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.