2019 Ford Agreement

Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers reached an interim agreement less than a week after the ratification of an agreement with General Motors Co. The union reached the same terms with G.M last month following a strike that shut down most of the company in North America for 40 days. It was the longest national strike against General Motors in 49 years. G.M. said the strike will reduce its operating profit by about $3 billion in 2019. The company would contribute US$1,000 to the retirement plans of production employees hired before November 19, 2007 and artisans hired before October 24, 2011. In 2019 and 2021, skilled craftsmen would also receive a lump sum of $1,000 for use to tools. “Our national negotiators, elected by their local unions, have unanimously decided to recommend to the UAW-Ford National Council the proposed interim agreement,” UAW Vice President Rory Gamble said in a statement Wednesday. “During the General Motors strike, our negotiating team worked hard to maintain productive negotiations with Ford…

Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from commenting or publishing full details of the agreement until UAW Ford Council leaders meet to verify the details. “The Ford agreement appears to be largely in line with GM`s model, with the exception of the ratification bonus – $9,000 seems more than reasonable because Ford members did not have to go on a six-week strike,” said Colin Lightbody, former fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV negotiator and president of HR and Guru Laboratory Inc. , President of Ford, Automotive, in a prepared statement. This agreement helps Ford improve our competitiveness and protect high-paying manufacturing jobs. In collaboration with the UAW, we have made our business more flexible, while keeping labour costs in line with projected costs for labor inflation in manufacturing in the United States, while rewarding our employees for their significant contributions to the company. Union workers approved a four-year contract with Ford Motor that accepts pay increases and other conditions almost identical to the agreement with General Motors. Bernie Ricke, president of UAW Local 600 near the Red Industrial Complex, said its 14,000 active members look to the future, in investment, products and jobs. “The trial went well,” he said on Friday. “I think we did the right thing explaining the agreement to our members. I am proud of the work we have done. “Each Ford employee and temporary employee will be the highest at the end of this four-year full-time contract,” UAW President-in-Office Rory Gamble, UAW-Ford`s director, said in a prepared statement. “For many, this is a life-changing contract that offers all future Ford UAW members a model for full-time status.

There will be no more permanent temporary situations and there will be no more permanent levels. Local UAW politicians voted on Friday to send the agreement to their more than 55,000 members for ratification. Voting will begin on Monday and the vote will take place on 15 November. Ford-UAW presidents from across the country are expected in Dearborn on Friday to clean up the preliminary ratification agreement. Votes would probably be due the following Friday, November.