• Sep 14, 2006
Thanks to a fax sent by the United Auto Workers union to its leaders in various regions, we now know that Ford will be extending its job buyout offer to all 75,000 of its hourly UAW workers. This means that Ford is more than doubling the Way Forward plan's initial offer to buy out 30,000 of its 82,000-person work force. According to the New York Times, only 6,200 workers accepted the offer the first time around, though we expect Ford is hoping its new offer is as successful as the one General Motors made that resulted in the voluntary attrition of some 35,000 workers.
We'll have details of the buyout offer tomorrow morning, but expect it to be chock full of incentives for workers to consider leaving the company.

[Source: The New York Times]




I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 23 Comments
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ah yes! Remember "don't" take a prisoners!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that Ford is doing the right thing given its sutuation. I'm an UAW member and we do work for all of our benefits and pay. We a;so do so much for different communities, those will communities will miss the thing that the memebers had been doing. I wish that Diamler would follow fords move so that I can do somethig else in life, like investing in realestate.Let me also say that with out the UAW fighting for the rights of all workers not just those in the auto industry--we also go out and walk the picket lines with other unions. GO UNION THE BEST
      • 8 Years Ago
      I will say it again for the dumb ass, right wing morons like Jaime who spend their evenings polishing their guns and chatting online about conspiracy theories: Ford, GM, DC are in trouble for multiple reasons. But, the number one reason is terrible, uninspiring vehicles that no one wants to buy. Not the terrible unions, rising health costs, or rising fuel costs. Also, the multi million dollar salaries and bonuses the CEO's and upper level managers seem to command. I believe in being compensated, but if the UAW makes concessions, upper management needs to as well. The 300C, Charger, Sky, Solstice, and the Mustang are all steps in the right direction. I hope this will return some interest in the domestic brands. Unions are a small fraction of the problems at the big 3. There are also way to many levels of management, especially at GM. You can only build the vehicles that are designed. I really don't believe that any auto worker would build the Aveo if given the choice. It's more important that they build good quality, sharp vehicles. Look, we would all love to own a Corvette or a Cadillac, but most of us can only afford an Impala.
      • 8 Years Ago
      JAMIE,

      If you don't like unions, don't be in one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone notice Ford's stocks seem to be doing better:

      http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/charts/chartdl.asp?Symbol=f
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ah yes!!!
      Old standby union arguments!!

      NOBODY gets fired "for nothing"! Hahaha!

      You guys are really waaaaaay out there. Welcome to REALITY. We are ALL employed "at will".
      That that is "news" to some of you is hilarious!
      Where have you been all this time? Oh yes...in a union.

      The UAW has destroyed the American auto industry. Time to strike back.
      Let's drag these nuts into the 21st century.
      It's NOT 1970 anymore.
      Time to WORK!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Amen brotha!

      Gotta love how they try to blame it on Bush!

      Adapt or die...
      • 8 Years Ago
      30. I will say it again for the dumb ass, right wing morons like Jaime who spend their evenings polishing their guns and chatting online about conspiracy theories: Ford, GM, DC are in trouble for multiple reasons. But, the number one reason is terrible, uninspiring vehicles that no one wants to buy. Not the terrible unions, rising health costs, or rising fuel costs. Also, the multi million dollar salaries and bonuses the CEO's and upper level managers seem to command. I believe in being compensated, but if the UAW makes concessions, upper management needs to as well. The 300C, Charger, Sky, Solstice, and the Mustang are all steps in the right direction. I hope this will return some interest in the domestic brands. Unions are a small fraction of the problems at the big 3. There are also way to many levels of management, especially at GM. You can only build the vehicles that are designed. I really don't believe that any auto worker would build the Aveo if given the choice. It's more important that they build good quality, sharp vehicles. Look, we would all love to own a Corvette or a Cadillac, but most of us can only afford an Impala.

      Posted at 2:55AM on Sep 15th 2006 by Shark 0 stars
      ---------------------------------------------------

      Just one small problem:
      All of that costs MONEY.
      Surprising eh????

      MONEY that is currently being spent to pay people to PLAY CARDS!

      So the next time you want a new Impala, remember where the development money went:

      1.Jobs Bank!

      2.Fairy tale wages!

      3. Low efficiency due to worker tardiness, slopiness, drunkenness, spite, malice and incompetence.

      4.FREE Viagra (no copays)

      And on and on and on and on...
      Maybe you should spend time polishing your gun as well. It'll give you some space to THINK--somethin gyoiu still seem to be struggling with.
      • 8 Years Ago
      11. I am so tired of you anti union right wing facist assholes.
      Jamie wants the union scared back into it's place. Who the fuck does he think he is?
      You shit head punk college boy nerd girly man.
      It is my hope you drop dead with a nasty S.T.D.
      No, I am not a union worker, you assholes.

      Posted at 5:26PM on Sep 14th 2006 by JackOfShadows 0 stars
      _______________________________________________

      And in the end, the UAW is still in deep mud. How do you feel now?

      I don't have to call you names, because unlike you, my arguments stan up to the light of day. In the arena of ideas, the "Jobs Bank" is indefensible, so the nastier side of you has come out.

      You DO INDEED BELONG to a union; because that is exactly how union hacks behave!!!

      The only thing I 'hope" fo ryou is that you take the buyouts and join the real world where:

      1. You get paid for your PERFORMANCE (Gasp!!!!).

      2. You get FIRED if you DO NOT come to work ON TIME (Scream!!!!).

      3. If there is no work for you to do you get LAID OFF, with NO PAY (Shriek!!!!)

      4. You CANNOT drink on the job!

      5. You most likely have a 401K to contribute to (not a pension for life).

      Welcome to earth boy! Better learn that NOW before your union does!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sounds to me that people like "Jamie" are a little sore that they don't have a nice career job like most hard working UAW members. You know, where people can't be fired on the spot for nothing (I live in an "at will" state and i've seen it happen to older workers who get too close to retirement). I know that people abuse the union, but most people work hard every single day in the factories. So, until you pick up a air gun or swing a hammer in a factory, i suggest that you keep your opinions to yourself, Jaime.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Some of those losses can be blamed on having too much unused production capacity in North American factories."

      "It's hard to get to the level of efficiency we want to be at with that excess capacity,"

      ___________________________________

      Know what that means? Too many IDLE workers!
      A NORMAL company would have cut them loose and closed the plants DECADES ago.
      But nooo! This is Detroit, where the UNIONS RULE!

      Put them all in the Jobs Bank and pay them to do nothing at all!
      Or pay them to make cars you can't sell!
      Brilliant idea!!! Brilliant!!

      Which, of course, is why:
      "...Ford lost $590 per vehicle on average, while GM lost $2,496 on its vehicles."

      Now EVERYBODY is in jeopardy! Brilliant!

      You're right. The union kept you from being fired "for nothing". Now you have SOMETHING to be fired for.
      Welcome to earth!
      (You all got paid MORE money to spend SIXTEEN EXTRA hours to make an INFERIOR vehicle!)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Unions are constitutional. But that doesn't make them good.

      If you ask someone for something while twisting their arm (threatening strike) you will get it, but you don't deserve it.

      I am a mechanic. I work hard and appreciate what I earn. Is it constitutional for me to walk out on my job with all my fellow mechanics and ask for $100 bucks an hour? Oh yeah, and it would work. But as time was once my boss's constraint, it would then be my enemy, for with time I would be replaced.

      You ask for too much you get what you deserve, nothing.

      Don't tell them to build better products when they are spending $100,000 a year for a high school dropout to bolt a door to a car.

      The corporate guys get paid millions of dollars to get rid of the weeds in a company, and they deserve every penny they earn.

      If Ford doesn't want to pay you $100 an hour they don't have to.

      NO UNIONS.
    • Load More Comments