Ford – UAW Contract Going Down in Flames?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

It sure looks that way. The Detroit Free Press reports—without any commentary whatsoever—that six out of eight locals who’ve voted have rejected the deal. This despite the usual specter of United Auto Workers’ voter fraud/intimidation issue (contract votes are not subject to independent monitoring). To wit: “Details of tally not available” and “Number of represented workers not available” and “51% of workers who voted were for the deal” and “according to that unit’s Web site.” Not to mention this nugget from the main news story: “Not all UAW locals that have completed voting have divulged precise tallies, and UAW officials in Detroit have declined to provide details.” Anyway, it looks like the proposed contract with Ford is failing fast. So . . . now what? As we’ve said before, the usual M.O. is for the UAW to go back to the bargaining table, get the required headline change (no no strike clause) and return with the same basic deal as before. In these post-GM C11 days, a strike at Ford seems completely beyond the realm of possibility. But if push comes to shove, expect Ford—lauded as the non-bailout queen—to send more production outside the country. Which they have done and will do, anyway.

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  • Cheezeweggie Cheezeweggie on Oct 28, 2009

    I just love working in a pro-labor union state (Pennsylvania) watching all the new mfg plants being built elsewhere. And the unions say they are "protecting" the workers ? I'd rather have a $20/hr non-union job than no job at all. Right to work = jobs

  • Cardeveloper Cardeveloper on Oct 28, 2009

    Ford is doing better then the other two, but even with their debt swap, is still drowning in a sea of debt. Doing better is not the same as doing well.

  • Don1967 Don1967 on Oct 29, 2009
    Aren’t we spectulating just a little of what’s going on inside Ford and the UAW? No, "we" are not. Please re-read my post, this time focusing on the words which actually appear on the screen. If you wish to argue that the workers are NOT feeling empowered in calling Ford's bluff, by all means please do so. To me, however, it is a self-evident truth.
  • Dolorean23 Dolorean23 on Oct 29, 2009

    re: don1967: Oh, I see. So is there a particular phrase that I may have missed in your tirade? And if you reread what I wrote, you will see that I did argue your point, such as it was. And from your statement "to me, however, it is a self-evident truth" denotes opinion, not fact.