Ford has announced that it will give both bonuses and merit-based raises to the company's salaried workers in the United States and Canada for the first time since 2008, according to Reuters. On average, the manufacturer will offer a 2.7 percent salary increase based on individual performance. The company stopped offering the bonuses after the financial crisis of 2009 sent automotive sales into a plunge. Ford paid neither bonuses nor merit raises that year, but offered merit raises in 2010. In 2011, the company's workers received bonuses only.

Of course, this decision has sent all eyes toward General Motors and Chrysler and their plans for their own workers. According to The Detroit News, both GM and Chrysler have said raises and bonuses will be determined by their own performance, not their rival's actions. GM has announced the company will make a final decision after it analyzes its financial results for 2011. Chrysler, meanwhile, intends to announce its fourth-quarter 2011 results on February 1, after which it will determine whether its workers will be eligible for their yearly awards.


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      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you built it well and manage well, they will come.
      jptno2
      • 2 Years Ago
      you are a bunch of jealous people.what is wrong with making q decent living? should we be making the same wages they pay people in china?
      aangelu697
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are we getting the american dream back?
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aangelu697
        Yes, a different president in 2012. A dream 70% of Americans are now having.
          whofan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          Yea I really want to see Gingrich or Romney for the next four years, Obama is not that bad.
          foobar222
          • 2 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          Maybe the 70% that live in your paranoid little town. Care to spread any more fear?
      jptno2
      • 2 Years Ago
      juffers has no idea what he is talking about. has he ever worked on an assembly line?
      Drew
      • 2 Years Ago
      gr8 news I feel even better buying a 50k pickup truck....I love there ''working'' man approach to hocking trucks and cars its comming down to a conversion van that way I can live in it since its as much as my mortage....
        fragmit50
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drew
        Hopefully the next model year of whatever you currently drive includes a spelling and grammar check function.
      Juffinstuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's almost February and GM hasn't evaluated it's 2011 accounting yet? Nice. Good news for Ford employees, but to be fair anybody in this economy is lucky to have a job, let alone a raise. The UAW folks are ESPECIALLY lucky to make $18 an hour with a $5,000 sign-on bonus and a provision in their contract that says if they feel like striking, they get paid 98% of their salary to DO NOTHING. They need a pay cut, not a raise.
        dxl504
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Juffinstuff
        Where do you get your information? Ford does not get 98% of their pay if they strike!!! If they weren't making $18 dollars an hour the economy would be in even worse shape. For every GOOD paying job there is more money in the economy and thus more jobs are kept or produced. Take an economics class!!!
        lbrawn1210
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Juffinstuff
        We don't get to strike just because we "feel like striking". There are rules as to what we can and can not strike over. If we do go on strike, we get $200 per week and are required to work a certain amount of hours on strike detail. Please get your facts straight before you comment. Also, the raises mentioned above are for salary employees. I did not get a raise this year nor will I get one for the next 4 years. I am not complaining, just setting the facts straight.
        Stevie Diffy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Juffinstuff
        You must run a company somewhere. You sound just like one I know that has not given a real raise in 5 years and keeps finding ways to take money out of your pocket. The excuse is the economy. What you want to bet that when it ramps up things will remain the same. They were doing these things before the economy tanked. Think of the people that helped get you there. They for the most part are good people. The secret to success is taking care of the people under you. :) You can mistakenly believe that "i" got me there. I doubt you did it alone. Pay your people well and take care of them.
        keywindup
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Juffinstuff
        Seriously?....the Ford Motor Company had made all the right moves...and are reaping the benefits. Their employees work hard and the results show in product. I think it's great that the company realizes that they all move forward together and take care of their people. Don't let what ever has made you so bitter cloud your judgement to the point where you cant appreciate a true American success story. Good Job Ford...and good job to all the Ford employees.
        Debbie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Juffinstuff
        I'm passing on a bad omen to you, so you lose your job. Sort like voodoo.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM was given a 5 Billion Dollar forgiveness by our Car Czar Administration........ they do not have to pay the tax payers back so they are very wise in not giving bonus's. Ford rules !!!
      RobbieAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      It shows it's better to be privately owned than owned by the government.
        Billy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RobbieAG
        it shows nothing other then ford is willing to give these raises and bonus and if GM and Chrysler did the same then the same people like you would scream your paying for their bonuses and raises and they better not get them...lets be honest your a fox new bottom feeder who only throws talking points and nothing the other 2 does will please you so go jump off a cliff.
          RobbieAG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Billy
          You just made my point.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Billy
          [blocked]
        TelegramSam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RobbieAG
        There are currently zero US automakers that are OWNED the Federal Government. The Federal Government extended a line of credit to the Automakers. You don't own a company just because you have extended them credit.
          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TelegramSam
          I own 1,000 shares of xyz company, does'nt mean I own the company.
          Sheldon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TelegramSam
          The US goverment OWNS a substantial portion (around 26.5%) of shares in GM. Research a litlte bit before spouting your verbal vomit. They owned 61% until late last summer.
          Sheldon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TelegramSam
          Recent article in the New York times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/business/gm-back-on-top-in-world-automaking.html "The Treasury Department, which still owns about 26 percent of G.M., needs the shares to reach roughly $54 to recoup its full investment in the company. "
      tjstieg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kudos to Ford! Wouldn't have a GM or Chrusler product after their rape of the public with Obama's help.
        foobar222
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tjstieg
        What about the RAPE everyone is getting by the so-called "job creators" ? They got away with murder by driving this economy nose-first in the ground, and they pay a MAX tax of 15% on profits made by investments. THAT'S THE HANDOUT YOU SHOULD BE RAILING AGAINST, not GM. ...keep waiting for the trickle down, you conservative nutjobs
          Billy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @foobar222
          They have ruin this country plan and simple and they refuse to admit it. All they have is talking points. They wil never see this so called drops of life support from the rich they back. I may be poor and work 12 hrs a day 5 days a week but at least at the end of the day like you I know I have not hurt my country by voting on gop tea party nut case views..These conservative wackos will never see the light, they rather they taxes go to give a rich oil company a tx break then help a poor kid who is sick, but hey they have such high morals as christains that I am sure its better to help a rich oil company in their gods eyes then a poor helpless kid.
          Billy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @foobar222
          caddy v you can not like cadilac if your a conservtive lol...
          • 2 Years Ago
          @foobar222
          [blocked]
          foobar222
          • 2 Years Ago
          @foobar222
          Well, you may live in the north, but you sure don't belong there... I think you need to move closer to Mitch McConnell. For you, that would be nirvana. And I'm very comfy in my "cuckoo's nest" thank you very much. Eight years of Bush/Cheney and all that lovely FAILED conservative ideology put me there. EPIC FAIL, and you know it. Drove the country into irons and Obama is getting us out. And you can't argue that - so why would you want to put those people back into a power position? Teabagger.....
          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          @foobar222
          Considering slavery was abolished by republicans and the majority of civil rights legislation was also drafted by republicans don't you feel slightly emasculated? If it were'nt for corporate tax breaks the corporations would only pass the taxes on to the consumers. No, you're not my worse nightmare, in fact, liberal whackjobs like you are a blessing to the conservative cause. The sooner the American public understands your radical left wing social engineering the sooner the extinction of liberals and their living off the hard work of people willing to WORK hard will be possible.
          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          @foobar222
          Nope, from the north and never touch "tobachy". Reading your post is like reading the novel "one flew over the cukoos nest" only you're not Jack Nicholson, you belong there.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @foobar222
          [blocked]
      wrascil
      • 2 Years Ago
      How dare FORD NOT take any tax-payer funded bailout monies and then have the audacity to pay bonuses for continuing to make a profit
      theocarnold
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have the car companies repaid the tax payers?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theocarnold
        [blocked]
        rlog100
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theocarnold
        Dozens of times over before the bailout. Southeast Michigan is a tax surplus golden goose on Federal Taxes normally. It isn't because of the paczkis. Which is why I shook my head at people concerned about federal taxes wanting to let die the region that 95+% of the time helps carry most everyone else.
      jbl624
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now if Ford would NOW start paying stockholders dividends so the stock value will rise. Patient stockholders like myself would also like to receive the benefits of Ford's rise in profits.
        Sheldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jbl624
        F: Regular dividend of $0.05 to be paid on 3/1/2012. F will trade ex-dividend on 1/27/2012.
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