Ford Shifts F-150 Production to Dearborn Truck on Kansas City Strike Threat
Mandatory Overtime Allowed for Model Year Changeover
With the rejection of the tentative proposed deal between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the United Auto Workers (UAW), these are somewhat tense times between the automakers and organized labor. Today, Automotive News is reporting that workers at Ford’s Kansas City Truck plant, which builds the F-150 and Transit fullsize van, is threatening a strike on unresolved plant-specific issues.
To stay a step ahead of potential production disruptions, Ford is ramping up production at the Dearborn Truck plant, the second plant responsible for F-150 production, and ordering workers there to put in mandatory overtime to keep the production pipeline filled for the popular fullsize truck. Under UAW rules, Ford can call for the overtime because the F-150 is in the midst of a model year changeover from 2015 to 2016. Under normal circumstances, manufacturers cannot unilaterally call for mandatory overtime to avert potential production disruptions from a pending strike.
The reasons for the possible strike are reportedly safety and scheduling issues specific to the Kansas City plant and separate from the forthcoming national negotiations between Ford and the UAW. Representatives from the two sides will go back to the negotiating table to avert a potential strike and production disruption. The strike deadline is 1 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday.
Source: Automotive News