Leaders of Ford UAW locals support the unions tentative contract with Ford Motor Co.
The Ford National Council voted unanimously to send the contract to rank-and-file workers during a meeting in suburban Detroit Monday, Nov. 5. The UAW and Ford announced the tentative pact Saturday, Nov. 3.
Mike Robison, sergeant-at-arms at UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, Mich., said job security, product commitments to plants and Fords agreement to keep six assembly plants open makes the contract a win for the UAW.
Jobs in the U.S. of A. -- we have new life, we have new product, he said. Thank God for the national negotiators: They did a great job.
Ralph Mayer, president of UAW Local 898 in Ypsilanti, Mich., and a 40-year UAW member, also praised the contract.
For 40 years, Ive been a UAW member, and this contract talked about smaller issues and got changes made that were long overdue, he said. There are things in there that are just amazing. These people took it to the max.
Tony Morris, vice president of Local 600, said he was pleased with the deal negotiated by UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and his bargaining team.
We got a pretty good deal out of it, he said. It could be better, but due to current circumstances, current economic conditions, I think we did OK.
Even after UAWs strikes of two days at General Motors and six hours at Chrysler, Morris said he expected negotiations to go smoothly with Ford.
Ford has always had a pretty good relationship with the UAW, so I didnt really anticipate going on strike. I really didnt, he said.
One UAW local official, who did not want to be named, said the tentative pact left some questions unanswered.
They took care of the Ford workers for the most part, but Im still worried about whats going to happen with the temps and the ACH plants, he said. Thats our main concern.
ACH stands for Automotive Components Holdings LLC, a unit of Ford created to absorb several plants previously owned by troubled supplier Visteon Corp. The future of several plants under ACH control remains in limbo.
UAW members passed the Chrysler contract by a narrow 56 percent margin after a number of assembly plant locals turned down the deal. GMs rank and file voted 2-to-1 in favor of their contract.
The Ford ratification is expected to be completed by 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12.