Ford Hires 850 To Build New F-150 Ahead Of 2015 UAW Negotiations

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

In anticipation of high demand for the 2015 Ford F-150 — as well as covering its bases ahead of negotiations with the United Auto Workers in 2015 — the Blue Oval is hiring 850 employees to help assemble the reborn king of Truck Mountain at the automaker’s Dearborn, Mich. plant.

Bloomberg reports the new hires bring the total of hourly employees brought into the fold since 2011 to 14,000, 2,000 more than pledged to the UAW three years ago, when it promised to hire 12,000 by 2015. The 850 will be split up, with 500 headed for assembly, nearly 300 to stamping, and over 50 allocated to Dearborn Diversified.

The hiring spree is in part due to the two-tier system put into place seven years ago, with new Ford employees making just over half of the $27/hour wage veteran employees are paid. The system will likely be on the table when the UAW begins negotiations with the Detroit Two and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles next year.

The total number of employees working for Ford stand at 84,000 in North America, up from 75,000 in 2011, when the pledge was made.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Oct 14, 2014

    With the new production techniques these jobs maybe required until Ford can nut out new processes. It might not all be due to expected vehicle demand. Ford is feeling it's way with this vehicle on the floor. Do you think Ford will tell the complete truth. Like I stated this vehicle will cost Ford some dosh, this is the beginning of the outlay.

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    • Bill Wade Bill Wade on Oct 14, 2014

      @STRATOS As I learned with my old Land Rover 88. Never could figure out why the Brits think they're so great.

  • Thornmark Thornmark on Oct 14, 2014

    Some analysts doubt Ford will be able to fully pass the extra cost on to the customer. The means shrinking profitability on their most important product But then again, why should pickups be so outrageously costly and profitable. It does seem that the market share eating Ram is making the sector more buyer friendly and we'll see if their eco-diesel will still get class leading mpg against the aluminum Fords.

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    • Redav Redav on Oct 15, 2014

      @Scoutdude And as seen with GM's interest in going aluminum as well, they are also squeezing the competition. If Ford can force everyone to also spend more on their trucks, then the disadvantage of lower margins disappears--either they are equally competitive or everyone raises prices together.

  • Mikey Mikey on Oct 14, 2014

    I find myself agreeing with AL. I can't believe I wrote that!. The idea is to hire new people, to free up your experienced folks. During a launch/ramp up you need extra experienced hands, in crucial areas on the line.

  • Ponchoman49 Ponchoman49 on Oct 14, 2014

    I never took notice before but the front end of this new F-150 is sure fugly, especially the headlights.

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    • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Oct 15, 2014

      @bbal40dtw, Your comment really has little to do with the aesthetics we were discussing. The cost is irrelevant...............or is it a product biased comment? When all else fails talk price?