DETROIT – UAW members at Ford Motor Co. have voted to accept the tentative agreement between the UAW and Ford. The results of voting conducted over the past two weeks were 63 percent in favor of the agreement (22,031) to 37 percent voting against (12,957) among production workers, with skilled trades voting 65 percent in favor (4,243) to 35 percent voting against (2,268). The contract is the second agreement ratified with the domestic automakers in the 2011 auto talks.
“I am pleased with the strong support for this agreement from UAW Ford members. I believe UAW Ford workers understood the importance of each and every vote,” said UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, who directs the union’s Ford Department. “That was evident in the high voter turnout with 85 percent of the overall membership voting, and at locals like Kansas City, where more than 80 percent of members voted and more than 90 percent of those voted in favor of the agreement,” Settles added.
“Working people in this country are clearly frustrated about the inequity in our society. Our members at Ford are frustrated with the economy, the lack of wage increases over the years, outrageous executive compensation and the immorality of Wall Street. Through this process, we have developed open and honest debate, along with high participation among our members, and we hope to continue with the debate and activism as we move forward to the 2012 federal election, which is critical not just for our members at Ford, but for all working people in the U.S.,” said Settles.
“As the nation’s economy remains stalled and uncertain and its employment rate stagnates, we were able to win an agreement with Ford that will bring auto manufacturing jobs back to the United States from China, Mexico and Japan,” said UAW President Bob King.
“This agreement adds 5,750 new UAW jobs which mean more than 12,000 new jobs in total with jobs previously announced by Ford. Many of these jobs will be added by the end of 2012, and all will be added during the term of the new contract. As a result of these negotiations, the UAW and the domestic automakers announced a total of 20,000 direct manufacturing jobs including the creation of 6,400 jobs at GM and 2,100 at Chrysler. The American auto industry is on its way back,” King added.
The tentative agreement includes $16 billion to produce new and upgraded vehicles and components by 2015, of which $6.3 billion will be invested directly into retooling and upgrading plants.
Jobs, investment and product guarantees in the Ford contract include:
· Flat Rock, Mich., second source for the next generation Fusion and next-generation Mustang.
· Kansas City, Mo., in-source Transit Commercial Van from Europe.
· Louisville, Ky., new unnamed vehicle in addition to 2012 Escape.
· Wayne, Mich., in-source C-Max from Europe in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
Avon Lake, Ohio, in-source medium truck and frame assembly from Mexico, along with in-source Motorhome Chassis.
In addition to the assembly plants receiving new and in-sourced vehicles, three other assembly plants will receive substantial investment. Ten engine and transmission plants will receive investment, along with three stamping plants. A complete list of plant investment can be found on the UAW’s website.
The contract will also include a $6,000 Settlement Bonus and $7,000 in Inflation Protection and Competitive lump-sum payments over the term of the agreement, a new more transparent and simple profit sharing plan in which workers will receive their first payment averaging $3,700 this year. Entry-Level wages were also increased to $19.28 over the term of the agreement.
Details of the agreement can be found at the union’s website.
The UAW reached a tentative agreement with GM on Sept. 16. The agreement was ratified by UAW members with a 2:1 ratio on Sept. 28. The UAW Ford agreement was reached on Oct. 4, followed by a tentative agreement with Chrysler Group, LLC on Oct. 12. UAW Chrysler locals are conducting informational meetings and ratification votes around the country. Voting for the Chrysler agreement will conclude on Oct. 25, with results announced Oct. 26.
The UAW represents approximately 41,000 hourly and salary workers at 27 Ford assembly and manufacturing facilities in the United States, making vehicles with the Ford and Lincoln brands. The UAW also represents workers at four Automotive Components Holdings Inc. (ACH) plants.