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After two weeks of voting with little drama or controversy, the UAW workers ratified their four-year deal with Ford with 56.3% of the vote, the UAW said Friday night.

] The union announced the percentage without specific numbers after members quit national voting at 7.30pm.

"Every Ford employee and temporary worker will reach the maximum full-time status agreement at the end of this four-year agreement," said UAW's acting president Rory Gamble, the director of the UAW Ford Department, in a prepared statement. "This is a life-changing contract for many and provides a template for all future Ford UAW members to a full-time, top-rate status. There will be no lasting temporary situations and no permanent layers.

He added, "Ford's commitment to job security and assembly in the United States is a model for American manufacturers.

Workers inspect the Ford F-150, which will be built on September 27, 2018 at the Ford Rouge factory in Dearborn. [Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press]

Ford has more UAW members than any other automaker in the US In a prepared statement, Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president for the automotive industry, said that this deal is helping our Flex has been added to improve competitiveness and protect well-paid construction contracts The UAW will begin on Monday with the process of ending the model negotiations with Fiat Chrysler. A six-week strike at General Motors, which ended with a ratification on October 25, has fueled the negotiation of Thanksgiving, which is atypical. Ford's UAW Agreement of 2019 Provides Promised "Big Product Investment" in US Facilities of $ 6 Billion The creation and maintenance of more than 8,500 jobs with 19 promised facilities promised investment.

The contract also does not include changes in workers' share of health care costs, a US $ 9,000 ratification bonus for white-collar workers, and US $ 3,500 for temporary workers.

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Bernie Ricke, President of UAW Local 600 near the Rouge Factory Complex, said his 14,000 active members look to the future, Investments, products and jobs. "The process went well," he said Friday. "I think we explained the agreement well to our members, and I'm proud of the work we've done."

Mike Rinaldi, then president of UAW Local 600, stands at the sign in front of his headquarters on Dix and points to the Ford Rouge factory in 1983. (Photo: Ira Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press)

"Smart" negotiator

The fact is that Ford negotiators are many of the The UAW has set targets, said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. "They wanted, and they do, that developing workers achieve parity, temporary workers have found a way to full employment, and there is an upper limit on the number of temporary workers who are hired, they are not losing health care, and they are have a whole. " Heap of detailed investments. "

Companies generally want contracts to be ratified at 50% plus one vote, as this shows that each side gave up what was needed, she said Friday.

Harley Shaiken, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley who specializes in labor affairs and closely follows the activities of the UAW, said on Friday: "Ratification at Ford is no surprise. This is reflected in much hard work. There is a solid relationship between the company and the UAW – with experienced, intelligent negotiators on both sides.

In addition to health care, fixed capital formation and the ratification bonus, here are some of the contract highlights:

  • 3% wage increases in the second and fourth year, 4% lump sum based on the base salary paid for two consecutive years
  • Current temporary agency workers are given a path into permanent employment with the potential to reach the maximum wage rate during the contract period.
  • Profit sharing formula retained.
  • A $ 1,000 contribution to the tax-efficient hourly savings plan have been recruited or reinstated prior to November 19, 2007, or in a qualified classification prior to October 24, 2011.
  • Incentive for retirement of $ 60,000 for production workers and up to 200 skilled workers.
  • Skilled workers will receive 2019 and 2021 two lump sums of $ 1,000.
  • Aid packages for R omeo employees eligible for retirement.
  • A moratorium on outsourcing and plant closures.
  • Commitment to a flat-rock profitability strategy for a new product. The plant south of Detroit is earmarked for an investment of $ 250 million.
  • Buffalo Stamping will receive an investment of $ 60 million, but F-150 and Super Duty stamps will be transferred. The contract summary emphasizes commitment to the work and "safeguards the future prospects for the work."
  • In-progression employees recruited after 2007 receive a faster route to peak pay. Under the previous contract, these workers started at $ 17 an hour, reaching $ 28 an hour after eight years. The proposal shortens this period to four years.

Ford stated in a press release on Friday that the company will "spend $ 700 million in the fourth quarter related to the new agreement, primarily related to the ratification bonus." The agreement includes UAW-represented hourly employees at Ford's manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, and New York.

The terms of the new agreement provide Ford with opportunities to improve manufacturing and operational fitness, including:

  • Increased use of temporary workers.
  • Closure of the Romeo engine plant in the Detroit subway, improving capacity utilization of powertrain manufacturing and offering jobs to all workers in a nearby plant composition, reducing labor costs.
  • No increase in pension obligations or payments to pensioners.

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