Ford adds overtime at Michigan F-150 plant as Missouri strike deadline nears
Ford Motor Co. has canceled a planned over-time change this week end at its F150 plant in Missouri, where employees threaten to strike as quickly as Sunday, and is redirecting frameworks for the pick-ups to its other F150 plant in Mi to minimize the effects of a perform stoppage.
Ford has added compulsory overtime shifts in the Michigan plant on Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 1 1, according to a memorandum from the plant's chairperson at UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, Mich.
The UAW has established a strike deadline of 1 p.m. EDT Sunday at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo., where over 7 7,000 employees represented by Nearby 249 construct the F150 and transportation van. The union claims Ford has neglected to negotiate "in great faith" on plant-certain problems including security and scheduling.
Ford executives say they're assured the issue could be worked out with no disruptions impacting the F150. The f-series is the automaker's best-selling nameplate and largest source of earnings. Ford executives have declined to discuss any contingency programs being executed.
A strike would increase the difficulties Ford has had assembling enough F150s since the pickup's re-design a year ago. A protracted changeover in the two F150 crops caused revenue to drop as stocks dwindled, and manufacturing issues at a provider's plant in Ky farther impeded output of the aluminium-bodied pick-ups.
Ford solicited another provider, Tower Worldwide, to start sending added F150 frameworks from Ohio beginning this month, but till that occurs both F150 crops stay short on frameworks, in accordance with a Facebook post now by Neighborhood 249's chairperson, Todd Hillyard.
"Given the scenario at [Kansas City Assembly] creation was delivered to keep [Dearborn Truck Plant] operating, which is within the corporation's proper to do therefore," Hillyard wrote. "We will come back to the table as well as the morning and do every thing we are able to in order to reach a reasonable deal for our members on the remaining open things viewing security and seniority."
In light of the strike risk at Kansas Town, the UAW challenged Ford's skill to schedule required overtime in Dearborn but established it was permitted because Ford is is at fourteen days of a model year change-over in the plant, in accordance with the memorandum from Nearby 600 chairman Nick Kottalis. Ford intends to begin constructing the 2016 variant of the F150 on Oct. 12.
In August, Dearborn Truck assembled 1,718 F-150s per day, while Kansas Town constructed 1,467 F-150s and 593 Transits per day, according to the Automotive News Data-Center. The Kansas City plant makes up about 19% of Ford's complete U.S. production.
Ford finished September with about 100,000 F-150s in stock, which is below the 120,000 that it considers "a more normative preparing degree," Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice-president for U.S. advertising, sales and support, stated Thursday. Ford had formerly said F150 stocks would go back to standard from the end-of September. U.S. f series sales, after falling 0.5% this year through August, grew 16% in September, impeding the firm's capacity to build up shares.
The strike deadline isn'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 Vehicles first.
The UAW said Thursday that FCA employees soundly rejected their proposed deal, but it's uncertain if the union will go back to the negotiating table with that business or change to Ford or Gm.
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