We haven't heard much concerning the contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers and Detroit automakers, but that's probably by design. The UAW is looking to expand, and it probably wouldn't hurt organized labor's chances to do so if these talks went smoothly. Still, what would negotiations be without the threat of a strike?

The Detroit Free Press reports that at least four Ford UAW locals have overwhelmingly voted to authorize leadership to call a strike. The move, which is considered to be routine, comes only two weeks before the contracts with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler run out on September 14. The UAW has asked all local units to hold strike authorization votes by Friday.


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      Chilipepper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure, go ahead and strike. I'll cross that picket line to take your job. Ungrateful leeches.
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont blame Ford for building a factory in Mexico...At least Mexicans appreciate the work, while these people are having tantrums because it's never enough for them. With so many American's unemployed, if someone does NOT want to work at what these people are getting paid, then let someone else work there who will.
        Carlos Vargas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Ford should keep the jobs in the US. I say build your freaking plants in a right to work state, problem solved.
          dukeisduke
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Carlos Vargas
          They can't do that, because they'll be blocked by Obama's NLRB. The NLRB has already blocked Boeing from starting Dreamliner production at a newly-finished plant in South Carolina, pending the outcome of court actions. Mexico is the only place to go, as the CAW (Canada) is as bad or worse than the UAW.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Carlos Vargas
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      Drew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure, go ahead and strike. I hope they replace your jobs with non-union employees.
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      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford is in a no-win situation here. Their union is run by the folks who are actually the owners of their main rival. If these folks go on strike, who benefits? the UAW. If my memory serves correctly, the UAW owns a large piece of GM. Good luck Ford.
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      Benjamin Roethig
      • 3 Years Ago
      UAW won't be happy until all of its members are out of a job.
      4gasem
      • 3 Years Ago
      DUMB! Just DUMB! Already making more than most people out there and they still want more... Yes, let's be less competitive with the global market... Great idea... Then they can take YOUR job and move it over to China...
        lostboyz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        Yup america is the only place in the world with unions. I don't like them either, but hyperbole is never the answer.
      Fazzster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unions should really make these guys and gals wear uniforms. A polo at the very least. They all look like slobs. Show some pride. If they can't look half way presentable at work it makes one think how well they are screwing cars together.
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
        Most of them are slobs, that's why they are supported by a labor union for unskilled workers. UAW is the biggest unskilled labor union in the country.
          Fazzster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          I am not allowed comment on the gentleman in the foreground because he is black but look at the obese white guy with the blue wife-beater. I mean come on, clean up a little...
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fire em all, Ford! Simply grab these thugs by the ear and tell them, "we are not going to be bullied into paying you lazy morons more than you already make, and if you go on strike, head right on over to the unemployment office because there are many qualified people who would snap up your jobs without complaint". Unfortunately, I doubt this could ever happen. Screw Unions! They were only useful in the times when there was no workers rights, safe workplace, and livable pay. That is guaranteed now, but unions now exist to butt rape employers, the economy, and the general public.
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        BAWHAHAHAHA omg that is so awesome! ..."unions now exist to butt rape employers, the economy, and the general public." I love it, so true!
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      Kamal
      • 3 Years Ago
      So with the country in economic turmoil the UAW strikes. Brilliant. This only hurts the nation more when the corporations move the plants out of the USA. No one seems to care that UAW president Bob King makes a 6 figure salary. But he is all about fighting other people that do. Shame, I wanted my next Mustang to be Built Ford Tough from Dearborn...NOT Mexico City. Then again, the non union, non lazy employee's in mexico will probably be grateful to have jobs and take pride in their work AND THEN put the car together correctly regardless of if its made on a Monday or a Friday.
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kamal
        I know individuals who've had to go to Mexico City to do plant inspections for one of the Big Three. Every six months the story is always the same. A line of people outside hoping to get a job on the inside. The inside is always perfectly clean and organized. The employees are working hard and doing their jobs very well, because they're getting paid a wage that to them is a very good wage indeed. There's always a shrine or two for Mother Mary on the wall or in a break room, and the percent error in the product... what percent error? Ha! I can't speak to all the auto plants down there but I wouldn't be surprised if it's more of the same. The Mexicans who're working these plants put the UAW to shame, and they cost less and cause less problems. I personally would PREFER a car made in a Mexican assembly plant over a UAW plant. Is it any surprise the auto makers like going south of the border?
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