Settlement Reached at Ford Kansas City Plant, Strike Averted
UAW VP Says Deal “Meets the Needs” of Plant Workers
Late last week, workers at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP) threatened a strike, prompting Ford to add additional shifts at its Dearborn Truck plant in the event of a strike. Thankfully, late Friday night, Ford and the UAW Local 249 reached an agreement to avert a strike, Automotive News reports. If an agreement was not reached, the strike would have started on Sunday. United Auto Workers Vice President Jimmy Settles only said the deal “meets the needs of the Local membership” without giving specific details.
KCAP is one of Ford’s largest plants and accounted for 19 percent of the company’s total U.S. production output in August. The resolution to the Kansas City situation is just the beginning of Ford’s dealings with the UAW this year. Along with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and General Motors, Ford will have to negotiate a national contract later this year with the UAW. Among the big issues facing all the Detroit Three is a pathway for tier-two workers to work their way up to wage parity with tier-one workers that were hired prior to the 2008-2009 auto industry crisis that forced General Motors and Chrysler into bankruptcy. A health care pool for UAW workers to improve coverage and lower costs will also be part of this year’s talks.
Source: Automotive News