The United Auto Workers said it informed General Motors Co. that it will terminate its contract with the automaker at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, effectively setting a strike deadline for talks to reach a four-year agreement.

The Detroit-based company confirmed in a statement that it had received the deadline from the UAW, saying it was “working with them to address the issues and remain committed to obtaining an agreement that is good for employees and the business.”

UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg didn’t immediately return a telephone call and e-mail on Saturday seeking comment on the GM negotiations.

The move follows the union’s agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. That accord will likely provide a starting point for the GM negotiations.

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