November 17, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
With about 20% of the vote counted from the United Auto Workers’ 52,900 members at Ford factories as of Nov. 16, more than 60% have supported ratifying the proposed contract.
Workers at the company’s Michigan Assembly, Ohio Assembly, and Chicago Stamping plants voted yes, while those at the Kansas City Assembly and Buffalo Stamping plants voted no. The deal includes raises, bonuses, profit-sharing, a schedule to bring second-tier workers up to full wages and benefits, and a commitment to invest $9 billion at U.S. facilities, with $700 million going to retool Michigan Assembly to build a new vehicle after production of the Focus is phased out. Results at smaller plants were mixed, with production workers at the Rawsonville parts plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., voting no because the deal continues the lower wage scale for parts workers. The voting will conclude on Wednesday, Nov. 18.