Not So Fast. Mixed Results In Ford-UAW Contract Vote.

Early voting results show that the UAW’s production workers at Ford are narrowly in favor of a tentative agreement while skilled-trades workers are voting to reject it.

So far UAW production workers have voted in favor of the agreement by 50.1%, while 54.8% of skilled-trades workers have voted against the contract.

The results include votes from about 7.3% of the UAW’s local units.

Ford’s 41,000 workers at plants in several states will continue voting through the week on the tentative contract that the UAW and Ford reached last Tuesday.

Bill Johnson, plant chairman for UAW Local 900 in Wayne, said workers there narrowly voted to reject the contract.

UAW Local 900 represents workers at Michigan Assembly, where Ford builds the Focus compact car.

Members rejected the contract with 51.1% voting no and 48.9% voting yes, Johnson said.

Johnson said 56 more workers voted against the contract than voted yes. The vote tally does not yet included a small parts depot, where the UAW has 22 members, Johnson said.

The tentative agreement between the UAW and Ford would provide most workers with a $6,000 signing bonus, a profit sharing check of about $3,700 for the first half of this year, lump-sum payments of $1,500 each year for four years. It also would create 5,750 new jobs and increase the wage for entry level workers to $19.28 per hour by the end of the agreement.

Workers at General Motors ratified a similar agreement on Sept. 28. Negotiations between the UAW and Chrysler are ongoing.  Source


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