Ford Deal With UAW Gets First Big Boost

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United Auto Workers in Wayne, Michigan initially approved their four-year contract with Ford last week, signaling the first major victory for the the tentative deal, Automotive News reported.

Bill Johnson, who is UAW Local 900 president for the facility, told Automotive News that 81 percent of production workers and 83 percent of skilled trades workers approved the contract. Under terms of the contract, Wayne would likely see production of a new pickup for Ford — likely the Ranger — and new SUV, which could be called a Bronco, in exchange for production of two cars going to Mexico.

Under the deal, Ford workers would also see pay raises, a $10,000 signing bonus, annual bonuses and $700 million in plant improvements under terms of the deal.

According to the Detroit News, other Ford plants are approving the deal with Ford, although the margins weren’t as overwhelming as Michigan Assembly in Wayne. Roughly 60 percent of workers at Chicago Stamping approved the deal, according to reports, and 57 percent of workers approved the deal in Woodhaven.

Workers at Sterling Hills Axle Assembly have been the only group to turn down the deal so far, according to the News.

Workers at other plants, including Ford’s truck assembly in Kansas City, are expected to continue voting up until Wednesday.