Ford and the United Auto Workers are apparently getting along so well in current contract negotiations that the union reportedly contemplated skipping a scheduled vote for strike authorization altogether. As you may have guessed, that authorization is required before the UAW can order its members to strike – one of the more effective bartering chips in the organization's arsenal. But Gary Walkowitz, a union committeeman at the Ford Rouge plant, is urging workers to use the threat of strike to help the UAW gain back concessions that the union made during the tough economic period of just a few years ago.
UAW President Bob King has already alluded to the fact that his organization may have to settle for profit-sharing agreements instead of wage increases during this round of talks. Walkowitz, meanwhile, says that he'll wait to read exactly how the new agreement is phrased before deciding whether or not a strike is prudent.

Despite how well negotiations are progressing, union workers at Ford have agreed to vote on the strike authorization. Conversely, workers at Chrysler and General Motors have both taken the possibility of a strike off the table.


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      Zacarious
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear UAW, Go **** yourselves. The hard working Americans are sick of your unappreciative ****. You are basically black mailing your own employers. Sincerely, The General Public
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zacarious
        What you meant to say is "the hard working illegal aliens".
      Bruno Nekic
      • 3 Years Ago
      The UAW should be shut down forever.
      JK Linx
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a Ford salary employee (read: non-UAW) I side with Kings thinking over the representative from the Rogue plant; it just makes more sense. A couple notes: no matter how well the negotiations go, they always vote to authorize to strike. Also, I thought because of the bailout GM and Chrysler *can't* strike, so their UAW employees shouldn't be made to look better than Fords.
        • 3 Years Ago
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      DJACKSONRN
      • 3 Years Ago
      HEY FORD! We have plenty of open manufacturing space and appreciative, hard working folks that just need a job here in South Carolina, come on down and we'll be happy to show you!
      IOMTT
      • 3 Years Ago
      But Gary Walkowitz, a union committeeman at the Ford Rouge plant, is urging workers to use the threat of strike to help the UAW gain back concessions that the union made during the tough economic period of just a few years ago. Tough economic period of just a few years ago? Looks pretty tough to me still and we are a long way from having a healthy economy.
      engr00
      • 3 Years Ago
      Freaking low life unions. GO AWAY already.
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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anybody that strikes is fired. I don't see how this is complicated.
      amerifight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford should bring this type of scenario to the supreme court. The manufacturers are being held hostage by thugs with un tucked polo shirts.
      Car Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      "UAW President Bob King has already alluded to the fact that his organization may have to settle for profit-sharing agreements instead of wage increases during this round of talks." This is the way it should work. If the company makes money, everyone shares the wealth. If they do not, then there is nothing to share and Ford, GM are not be forced to pay for higher pay. It should be this simple.
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Most corporations have some form of a profit sharing program. Mine does, although I've yet to see a dime because I think our profit is in the red every year lol.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      The UAW is a prime example of why modern labor unions are no longer needed for unskilled laborers. Title is terribly misleading though, gotta change that.
      Jarda
      • 3 Years Ago
      the more strikes the sooner they get 100pct robotized factory *hi5*
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