Ford UAW Members Poised To Strike In Missouri

Ford UAW workers at the plant in Kansas City, Missouri may soon go on strike, following disagreements with the automaker’s contract provisions at that plant. Ford Kansas City is one of two plants in the US that produce the Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Union Vice President Jimmy Settles, who heads the Ford UAW Department, has already issued a 5-day strike notice to Ford leadership at the Kansas City plant, though he’ll have to get the approval of President Dennis Williams and Regional Director Gary Jones before plant workers can strike. Despite this setback in regional negotiations, Settles is still urging Ford UAW workers to place their trust in the union’s separate national delegations. Many UAW Ford workers have already taken issue with some of the provisions contained in the automaker’s recent proposed agreement with Fiat Chrysler members.

Settles wrote in a statement: “I ask that you please do not read too much into the details of the FCA tentative agreement. Many aspects of FCA’s current agreement are different than the agreement we currently have with Ford, such as attendance policy, work schedules, vacation language, discipline, job security, apprenticeship testing, and progression of entry-level to legacy pay rates to name a few. In addition, there have been instances in the past where Ford, FCA and GM have even had differing pay scales and rates.”

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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