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UAW Turns to Ford; Chrysler Talks on Hold

Ford, Chrysler may resist union efforts to duplicate GM contract.

by on Sep.22, 2011

UAW Pres. Bob King shakes hands with Ford Chairman Bill Ford as negotiations open in July.

The United Auto Workers union plans to make Ford Motor Co. the focus of the next round of negotiations in its drive to fashion new contracts with domestic automakers as talks with Chrysler are placed on hold.

Chrysler officials have confirmed that the UAW has extended the maker’s contract until October 19th.  Earlier this month, as the September 14th deadline loomed, there were signs Chrysler might, in fact, be the maker likely to come up with the first settlement with the UAW. But a last-minute snag appeared to scuttle the talks and the union went on to reach agreement with General Motors.

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“We look forward to working with the UAW on a new tentative agreement that is fair to our employees and allows Ford to become more competitive,” Ford said in a statement late Wednesday.

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Contract Deadline Hours Away, Ford and UAW Agree to Extension

Union focusing on GM, Chrysler for new contract.

by on Sep.14, 2011

For the moment, at least, the UAW has delayed the threat of a strike at Ford.

The United Auto Workers has backed away from a potential strike at the Ford Motor Co. by approving an indefinite contract extension with the automaker.

The current UAW contract was scheduled to expire at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday and the union could have automatically called a strike. Union members approved a strike at Ford earlier this month.

“I can confirm that Ford and the UAW have agreed to continue bargaining past the expiration of the current contract in an effort to reach a tentative agreement that is in the best interest of both parties,” said Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans.

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“At this time,” she added, “we are not going to provide further comment about the nature of our discussions, or speculate about timing or the potential outcome of our talks,” Evans.

Meanwhile, the UAW continues to negotiate with General Motors and Chrysler in anticipation of reaching a final agreement.

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