Ford-UAW Vote Flips. 51% – 49% Yes; But Not For Long?

Ford hourly workers reversed course and are now voting 51 percent in favor of a proposed new four-year contract, after rejecting it in earlier voting, according to the United Auto Workers.

The union said on its Facebook page that 6,271 members have cast votes for the accord while 6,085 have voted against it as of 11:30 a.m.  A post an hour earlier on the same page said 53 percent of Ford members had voted against the tentative accord. The updated results represent voting by 36 percent of Ford’s 40,600 U.S. hourly workers, the UAW said.

The “yes” vote on ratification of the agreement with the UAW has a slight lead because of overwhelming approval by workers at the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, MI.  They voted 72 percent in favor of the agreement, with 1,190 workers for it and 318 against, according to a post on UAW Local 3000’s website. The factory is to get a second shift to produce the Fusion midsize sedan under the new contract.

Keep an eye on the Rouge vote, as in UAW Local 600, Ford’s largest union local representing workers at its vast Rouge complex in Dearborn. The Rouge concludes voting today and while it is Bob King’s home local, it went against his recommendation two years ago and voted down concessions such as a ban on strikes until 2015.

That Local 600 vote helped defeat the proposals, meaning only Ford faced a strike possibility in this year’s labor talks. The UAW agreed to a strike ban at GM and Chrysler as part of their bailouts.

Workers at a Ford metal-stamping plant in Chicago yesterday rejected the contract with 70% of the vote turning ‘No.’ Meanwhile at plant in Saline, MI., 59 % of the workers yesterday voted to turn down the contract, while 51 percent of skilled-trades employees rejected it.

The contract also has also been rejected by Ford’s Chicago assembly plant (separate from the above), which builds the Taurus & Explorer, and a factory in Wayne, Michigan, that produces the Focus small car.

943 workers at Ford’s engine plant in Brook Park, Ohio, yesterday approved the agreement with just 57 percent of the vote

Votes are to be conducted this weekend at big assembly plants in Avon Lake, Ohio, and Claycomo, Missouri. The ratification vote will conclude next Tuesday when a Kentucky ruck plant and Louisville assembly plant complete voting.

Posted on October 14, 2011, in Labor Relations and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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