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Ford Faces Strike Deadline at Key Plant

Kansas City truck plant ready to walk.

by on Sep.30, 2015

Talks between the UAW and Ford just got a little tenser as the union informed the automaker it plans to strike if key issues don't get resolved next week.

The United Auto Workers has targeted the one of Ford Motor Co.’s key assembly plants in Kansas City, Missouri, for a strike if bargaining doesn’t resolve key issues by early next week.

The Kansas City plant builds a number of variations of Ford’s F-150 pickup trucks, which is one of the most profitable vehicles built by the company in the United States. After a slow start, production of the new, aluminum F-150 is running at top speed now and a strike would quickly reduce inventories of new vehicles.

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Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president in charge of negotiations with Ford, said the company had left the union with little choice but to intensify the dispute in a bid for a fair and acceptable agreement. The strike warning should not have any impact on the other negotiations at Ford, including the ongoing discussion for a new master agreement covering wages and benefits. (more…)

UAW May be Willing to Trade More Money to Get Job Security

by on Aug.07, 2015

UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles spoke about the negotiating strategy with Ford and what's important in those talks.

The UAW appears willing to discuss trading raises and elimination of second-tier wages for job security in its negotiations with Ford Motor Co.

Ford’s profitability in recent years, including the record $2.6 billion it earned in the second quarter of this year, have many union members salivating at the prospect of big raises or even the elimination of the second-tier.

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UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles appears less concerned about getting into the automaker’s bank account than he is about securing jobs. He told the Detroit Free Press ensuring the long-term viability of the company ensures the long-term viability of those jobs. (more…)

UAW’s Williams Unhappy with Growing Mexico Production

Union leader says country “continues to be an issue” for UAW.

by on Jul.23, 2015

UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, left, President Dennis Williams, center left, Ford Chairman Bill Ford Jr., center right, and Ford CEO Mark Fields kick off the contract talks between the two sides.

As expected, the ceremonial handshake between Ford Motor Co. and UAW negotiators was a mix of optimism and reality with Dennis Williams bringing the latter to fore right away.

“Mexico continues to be an issue for us,” Williams said during his comments kicking off the talks. “I want everything to be built in the United States, including tennis shoes.”

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Mexico is an issue because Ford recently announced it would be moving production of the slow-selling Ford Focus and C-Max from their current plant in Wayne, Michigan, to an unnamed facility. (more…)

Move to Mexico Makes Ford Potential UAW Target

Ford may use promise of new product to ease UAW concerns.

by on Jul.23, 2015

Past UAW President Bob King shakes hands with Ford Chairman Bill Ford to kick off labor talks. This time around, the process may be a little bumpy.

Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers are scheduled to open negotiations in Detroit today with a special ceremony at the Detroit’s Cass Technical High School.

Over the years, relations between Ford and the UAW have been relatively peaceful, compared to those at General Motors and the old Chrysler Group, which has morphed into FCA US. There hasn’t been a strike of any kind at Ford since 1976 and today Ford actually employs slightly more union members than GM. Over the years, Ford and the UAW has simplified and expanded the profit sharing plan for union.

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In addition, Ford managed to get an edge over its domestic rivals back in 2006 when it negotiated a sweeping reduction in work rules at plants in the U.S. GM and Chrysler wound up in bankruptcy before they got the same level of assistance from the union, which was concerned that both companies could disappear without the assistance of additional concessions. (more…)