Cleveland, Ohio – Following General Motors’ six-week strike to reach a new labor agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW), Ford officials reached a tentative deal with the union in only a few days, avoiding a worker walkout.
UAW officials said local leaders will vote Friday on the tentative pact. If they agree to terms, all members of the union will begin voting on the deal as soon as next week.
UAW Vice President Rory Gamble, director of the Ford Department, said, “Our negotiating team worked diligently during the General Motors strike to maintain productive negotiations with Ford. The pattern bargaining strategy has been a very effective approach for UAW and its members to secure economic gains around salary, benefits and secured over $6 billion in major product investments in American facilities, creating and retaining over 8,500 jobs for our communities.”
The union typically releases details of contracts after local leaders have approved terms, so more information should be available soon.
Industry watchers had expected Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to have an easier time getting their contracts approved than GM did as they did not close plants during the last four-year deal. One of the sticking points that kept UAW workers on the picket lines for six weeks was the closure of four plants in Ohio, Michigan, and Maryland. The GM deal restored only the Hamtramck, Michigan, plant of those four.
About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 19 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.