Ford averts strike, F-150 production safe

The Ford F-150 is still rolling off the assembly line at the company's Kansas City, MO, factory thanks to a tentative deal with the United Auto Workers, Reuters reports. Last week, the union gave 120-hours notice to hit the picket line at the plant on October 4, unless the two sides came to a consensus. UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles complained that the Blue Oval wasn't addressing several local issues there.

Neither side has gone into specifics about what was in the tentative agreement. However an announcement by the UAW Local on its Facebook page said: "We protected all of our members [sic] seniority rights, improved safety provisions along with many other things." Ford didn't go into much more detail and said in a statement to Autoblog: "Working with our UAW partners, we have resolved the open items at Kansas City Assembly Plant and have agreed to a tentative local agreement. Plant operations will continue as scheduled."

Settles also issued his own statement about the deal on Facebook. "On Friday, October 2, at 11:08 PM EST, Local 249, Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP) and Ford Motor Company reached a tentative agreement on their local contract," he wrote in part. Settles also thanked the bargaining committee for getting the deal done.

To be clear, this agreement only affects the Kansas City plant. On a national level, the UAW is still working to craft new contracts. Members with FCA US have already rejected a proposed offer that would have given them raises and created a healthcare co-op. The major problem was that the deal retained a two-tier wage structure, but a lack of detail about other changes was also an issue.

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