Strike At Ford’s Kansas Pickup Factory Averted

Strike At Ford’s Kansas Pickup Factory Averted

It is not very often that you would see a strike brewing in any auto manufacturing plant to get averted even before it goes off. Well, Ford and the United States auto union have come to a deal whereby the proposed strike in the factory of Ford’s pickup in Kansas City now stands cancelled. The Kansas City plant is where ford builds its popular F-150 pickup trucks. It is the hot selling pickup in America.

Ford had released yesterday that it has resolved the issues at the Kansa City plant and the UAW and the company have arrived at a tentative agreement that they will work on together. The aversion of the strike was notified earlier by the UAW VP (Vice President) Jimmy Settles through a FB (Facebook) post Friday night itself. He is the chief negotiator for the WAW work force. He also did not divulge the agreement between the two groups that led to the strike being called off.

The union workers in the Kansas City were not able to resolve their differences that they had among themselves in terms of seniority, safety and staffing issues. The workers had warned of walking out from Sunday if an agreement did not come into force.

The bargaining chairman Todd Hillyard of the U.S. auto union local 249 also posted a FB post giving details of the tentative agreement with Ford Motors. He said that the agreement reached will make the UAW members feel proud. The agreement will protect the seniority rights of the work force, improve the safety terms and also has many other clauses that will make UAW members feel happy. The agreement highlights will be let out soon.

Ford did not want the production of the popular F-150 pickup trucks to stop. Ford will be soon commencing the production of the 2016 model year of Ford F-150 pickup. By reaching a tentative agreement, the plant operations will carry out as on schedule.

This agreement between the UAW and the Ford Company comes when the UAW finds it very difficult to come to terms with the proposed deal from Fiat Chrysler Automobile, the 3rd largest automaker in the U.S. As many as 655 UAW members have rejected the four year agreement proposed by FCA.

Ford is very happy that it was able to avert the looming strike that could cause a severe dent to the production of the F-150s pickup that is helping the company to gain profits.
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October 5th, 2015 by