Ford, UAW resolve dispute at F-150 plant, ending strike threat
The UAW late Friday called off its risk to strike an integral Ford Motor Co. plant after settling a localized agreement dispute with the auto maker.
The offer was reached at 11:08 p.m. Friday, 38 hrs forward of a Sunday day strike deadline established by the UAW chapter representing over 7 7,000 employees at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant.
"Happily, with this evening's statement, that activity was averted," UAW vice-president Jimmy Settles said in an email to employees posted on FB. Settles didn't supply details beyond stating the offer "satisfies the requirements the neighborhood 249 KCAP membership."
The UAW had accused Ford of refusing to negotiate "in great faith" after over 40 negotiating sessions because April failed to make a deal. A walk-out might have interrupted creation of the F150 and Transit, two significant and exceptionally rewarding nameplates.
Ford supported the provisional deal with nearby 249 and stated in a assertion that "plant businesses will carry on as scheduled."
Ford as well as the UAW had disagreed over several problems, including worker security and scheduling. The plant, located in Claycomo, Mo., accounted for 19% of Ford's complete U.S. manufacturing in August.
Earlier Friday, Automotive News noted that Ford had planned compulsory overtime shifts for another two week ends at its other f150 plant, in Dearborn, Mich., and was redirecting frameworks for the pick-ups away from the Kansas City plant to optimize output in Dearborn.
The strike risk wasn't directly related to discussions between Ford and the UAW on a nationwide agreement covering over 52 52,000 employees. Those discussions are paused since mid-September, when the labor organization focused on achieving a deal with Fiat-Chrysler Cars first.
FCA employees this week soundly rejected their suggested national agreement, but it's uncertain if the union will go back to the negotiating table with that business or change to Ford or GM. The Detroit Free Press reported late Friday that UAW President Dennis Williams means to investigate attempting to achieve a fresh deal with FCA first.
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