Ford and the United Auto Workers have agreed to a tentative labor agreement, according to Automotive News. The pact makes Ford the second domestic automaker to come to reach an accord with the labor union, and the deal covers some 41,000 workers. The agreement is expected to be discussed in further detail during separate press conferences held by representatives from the UAW and Ford. While no solid details are available as of the time of writing, Automotive News suggests that the deal may be very similar to the one that General Motors and the UAW recently agreed upon.

That means that we can likely to expect to see Ford planning to add or maintain domestic jobs through a variety of plant investments. Even so, Ford had sought to reduce its labor costs heading into negotiations. Some analysts suggest that Ford pays anywhere from $2-9 more per labor hour than GM or Chrysler once benefits are accounted for. Additionally, Ford has fewer lower-paid workers than either of its two domestic competitors, and the automaker pays those workers more.

Stay tuned for details on the agreement.

UPDATE: Ford has released an official press release (available after the jump) stating that the automaker will add 12,000 hourly jobs in its U.S. manufacturing facilities by 2015. What's more, Ford will invest $16 billion in the U.S. for new vehicles and components by 2015.
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UAW, Ford Reach Tentative Agreement on National Labor Contract to Add 12,000 U.S. Jobs, Significant Investment

Ford commits to add 12,000 hourly jobs in its U.S. manufacturing facilities by 2015, including in-sourcing from Mexico, China and Japan; this is 5,750 hourly jobs more than the previously announced 7,000 U.S. positions to be added by year-end 2012

Ford pledges to invest $16 billion in the U.S. – including $6.2 billion for U.S. plants – to design, engineer and produce more new and upgraded vehicles and components by 2015

Ford says the agreement is fair to its employees and that it improves the company's competitiveness in the U.S.

The new jobs and investment commitments in the UAW-Ford tentative agreement are contingent upon ratification of the agreement by the UAW membership


DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 4, 2011 – Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union (UAW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year labor contract covering approximately 41,000 UAW-represented employees in the United States.

The agreement – which is subject to ratification by UAW members – calls for 12,000 hourly jobs to be added in Ford's U.S. manufacturing facilities through the term of the contract in 2015.

The new jobs commitment includes additional in-sourcing from Mexico, China and Japan, and is nearly double the company's previous commitment to add jobs in the U.S.

The agreement includes $16 billion in U.S. investments – including $6.2 billion for Ford plants in the U.S. – all to design, engineer and produce more new and upgraded vehicles and components by 2015.

"We are pleased that, by working together with the UAW, we reached a deal that is fair to our employees and that improves Ford's competitiveness in the U.S.," said John Fleming, Ford's executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs. "This agreement allows us to make even more progress on our One Ford plan and our focus on the great products, stronger business and better world that will deliver continued profitable growth for all."

The UAW will share details of the agreement with its local leaders and members in the coming days as part of the ratification process. Ford will discuss more specifics once the agreement becomes final.


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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a win for America. 12,000 jobs $16 billion to be invested in facilities and equipment All of the jobs created when that $16B is spent Ford is now in a better, more competitive position. Again, this is a big win for America and domestic labor.
      Peter S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but when did Autoblog become Jalopnik? I hate being off topic here, but this is just sad... I've had adblock disabled on this site ever since I got it, but since you decided to fill half my page with that Nissan ad, it is now enabled on your site. Sorry, Autoblog... On topic, I'm glad to see Ford adding manufacturing jobs as those are probably the jobs I'll be looking at out of college....
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter S.
        +1 for blocking ads. Ads are ok. Obtrusive ads are not and will be blocked on sight.
      Sh4dy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Viperboner, you are ignorant and so is your friends. I build quality $35,000 cars and trucks just as fast as you make your $2.00 burger during a lunch rush. Would you like sync with that?? You wouldn't last two days on this assembly line. Don't comment on **** you don't understand. This is the big leagues pal, without us there is no you, and your walmart glee club.
      jbphoto
      • 3 Years Ago
      So much for reducing costs.
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        @jbphoto
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      mylz
      • 3 Years Ago
      UNIONS NEED TO DIE! THEY PLAY A HUGE PART IN WHY THE BIG 3 COLLAPSED.
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylz
        By that logic, the Big 3 should die too unless you believe producing inferior products over the course of several decades didn't contribute to their collapse.
        Dr. Claw
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mylz
        Rubbish. The reason why the Big 3 collapsed was due to building non-competitive product and extending the life of outmoded business models more than anything else. While for some reason I really like GM's cars... at its height they were BLOATED with brands and product and "badge engineering". Not to mention they basically let NUMMI (what should have been a great learning experience) go to the toilet. "Planned obsolescence" anyone? Ever heard of the Monza Wagon? It was years ago but a good example of what started the downward tumble.
      viperbono
      • 3 Years Ago
      DIE UAW DIE! Free American manufacturers from this cancer so they can compete fairly with foreign makes! You have served your purpose now go away.
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      Jimm
      • 3 Years Ago
      If what you read concerns you...consider that Chinese laborers are now openly talking about establishing union shops. Grab your helmets and check for a secure fit cause it's gonna be in helluva ride!
      • 3 Years Ago
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