Uaw Ford Tentative Agreement Highlights
At the Ford plant in the Chicago Assembly, 64 percent of workers voted against the interim agreement. „Ford can confirm the UAW announcement that UAW and Ford have reached a proposed preliminary agreement on a four-year contract,” Bill Dirksen, Ford`s vice president of laboratory affairs, said in a statement Wednesday night. „Further details will be released at a later date.” Other elements of the preliminary agreement are a 4% bonus for two years and a 3% pay increase for two years. While Romeo Engine is due to close, the 600 jobs are subject to transfer and buy-back offers to encourage older workers to resign. Ford offers retirement incentives for production and craft workers, who have been publicly discussed by members as being very attractive. Romeo workers say they feel betrayed. The Ford-UAW agreement will likely reflect the pact approved by General Motors Co. employees after a 40-day strike. UAW`s preliminary agreement with Ford will allow the company to use new technologies to take time and movement studies to a whole new level. Picture: Ford Media Center. Chris Budnick, an employee at The Ford Truck Plant in Louisville, wants to take a closer look at the details of the agreement before making a decision.
He was pleased, however, that health care had been maintained. He is concerned about how temporary workers are able to work full-time. Marick Masters, an economics professor at Wayne State University, said a thorough review of the interim agreement was essential. UAW leaders on Wednesday approved the sending of the four-year interim pact to the ratification rankings. The voting process will begin on Friday. The agreement also provides, for the first time, a way for temporary workers to achieve full-time employment status. Health care – a sensitive issue – will allow workers to continue to pay 3% of the costs, as indicated in the preliminary agreement. The Ford agreement follows the GM model for steps and time. The company announced the closure of the Romeo Engine plant in Michigan, which employs 600 people, after ratification.