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  • REPORT: Three Ford plants vote down new contract with UAW

    Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing, Ford, UAW/Unions

    Pattern bargaining is how things tend to be done in Detroit, a strategy which ensures that one automaker doesn't tend to get a plum deal at the expense of the other car builders in town. General Motors and Chrysler negotiated pretty hard with the United Auto Workers as part of the bailouts, and Ford's now in the process of securing new agreements with its labor force. While the Blue Oval didn't need government money to stay afloat (well, aside from those low interest technology loans, anyway), it wants parity with its rivals workforce deals.

    Several Ford plants have approved the new deal, in which Dearborn has asked for the same concessions that its rivals have already secured. Most recently, however, three Ford facilities have voted down the plan to hold firm entry-level pay and benefits, limits on the union's right to strike over wages and benefits, and consolidates skilled trades. Those opposed to Ford's new agreement argue that the true spirit of pattern agreements would lift Chrysler and GM up to where Ford's current agreements are. Kansas City's F-150 plant slapped down the proposed contract by 92%, but Ford will await the final tally before conceding defeat - or celebrating successful negotiations. Contentious labor dealings are certainly not something Ford wants to deal with at this precarious moment. Even while business has been trending up lately, there's still a long way to go, and if labor puts a skip in the get along, it could be a nail in the coffin of a successful recovery.

    [Source: Automotive News - sub req. | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]REPORT: Three Ford plants vote down new contract with UAW originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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    Assembly plants employ around 1,000 - 1,500 workers, so three plants would consist of ~4,000 employees. It ain't easy work. The line workers are professional assemblers, and the union's job is to ensure each job is manned by a worker within that classification. Believe me, that's exactly who you want building your car, not a 'Sweeper' filling in for an absentee (like non-union plants do).

    These workers have the authority to judge whether their wages are fair, or not.

    It always amazes me how milkmen, shoe salesmen, and computer techs, can comment about assembly line workers who produce a vehicle each minute. Want real work? Here it is. I've seen hundreds of new employees who couldn't last one week.

    Three plants turned down the proposal, but our story only names one! Hmmm.... I wonder why? Aparently these workers simply won't do assembly line work for less money. They have already given up more consessions than the fat CEO's who came to Washington in their corporate jets. If Ford were serious about saving millions, they should first take it from the board members and leave the real workers alone.

    On a different note, look at the wages/benefits/retirement of our Congressmen. THEY havn't given up a dime throughout this terrible depression. Will they be enrolled in our new Health Care? They have their own, but will politicize ours. I'm still reeling over the $250 Billion bank bailout from the last administration.

    With this perspective, the Ford contract proposals look like peanuts to us, but not to the workers' families who are directly affected. It is not by accident but by very hard work, that Ford vehicles are built well.
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