Ford F-150 plant in Kansas City threatens to strike

A strike effecting production of the Ford F-150 is looming on the horizon if the United Auto Workers members at the Kansas City, MO, assembly plant don't get a new deal with Ford soon. As of September 29, UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles is giving the Blue Oval five days until there are picket lines of union members at the factory, The Detroit Free Press reports. The move already has the go-ahead from UAW President Dennis Williams and Regional Director Gary Jones.

In a letter by Settles that's published online by the plant's Local 249 chapter, he writes: "The company has failed to negotiate in good faith at the local level on issues surrounding manpower provisions, the national heat stress program, and skilled trades scheduling amongst others." He also informs members that the union's deal with Ford could be quite different than the one FCA workers are considering, and Settles cites many aspects of the current contract that already differ between the automakers. "In addition, there have been instances in the past where Ford, FCA and GM have even had differing pay scales and rates," the letter says.

The chance of FCA workers ratifying their proposed contract is looking awfully grim. While the deal offers raises and a healthcare pool, union members are reportedly upset that it retains the two-tier wage structure. The lack of information about possible production changes is a sticking point, as well.

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