Workers at Ford Chicago assembly plant reject contract proposed by UAW

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 14, 2011

In an overwhelming vote, the employees at a major Ford Motor Co. vehicle facility in Chicago turned down the proposed four-year agreement that the automaker and the UAW had arrived at, a local union hall official revealed. Of the 2,317 personnel at the Chicago Assembly Plant who cast their ballots, 77 percent voted to deny the offered package, UAW Local 551 Secretary-Treasurer Scott Houldieson disclosed.

Ford and the UAW reached the tentative contract on October 4 that involves profit-sharing and signing bonuses instead of wage increases for seasoned workers.

UAW local unions representing around 41,000 workers will vote on the agreement until October 18. Earlier this week, UAW Local 900 -- representing almost 3,000 employees at three facilities near Detroit -- narrowly rejected the recommended deal. In late September, the workforce at General Motors Co. ratified their new four-year contract, which is a bit less favorable compared with the proposed Ford accord.

On Wednesday, the UAW and Chrysler Group LLC arrived at a tentative agreement that's less generous than GM's contract. UAW authorities stated that Chrysler's 26,000 UAW-represented personnel will hold ratification votes within the next two weeks.

On the other hand, the UAW stated in a Facebook message that it will seek a strike if members elect against a tentative deal with Ford. UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, who is the lead negotiator for the union with the car maker, said that a strike would follow a denial of the agreement. [source: ChicagoTribune]

Topics: ford, uaw, united states

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