Ford Hiring 1,550 Workers at Two Plants on 2015 F-150 Popularity
Many Workers Will Be Moved to Tier One Wages Per 2011 Labor Agreement
The 2015 Ford F-150 is turning out to be a major hit for Ford, with the average truck sitting just 12 days on the lot, compared to the more typical 60-90 days for most cars. This hot demand is prompting Ford to hire 1,550 new workers among its Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City, Missouri facilities to help meet demand for the truck. The bulk of the new hires will go to the Kansas City plant, with that factory getting 900 new hires. The balance of the new hires will be added to the Dearborn Diversified and Dearborn Stamping plants, with 150 new hires going to the Sterling Axle plant.
Due to a 2011 Labor Agreement with the UAW, Ford can have no more than 20 percent of its total hourly workforce on lower, Tier 2 wages at any given time. To meet that requirement, Ford will be bumping up between 300-500 hourly workers to the full $28.50 per hour Tier 1 wage. Most of these workers are at Ford’s Kansas City, Chicago, and Louisville, Kentucky, plants. To date, Ford has hired 15,000 hourly workers since 2011, more than its promised 12,000 hires as part of the 2011 agreement with the UAW.