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UAW leaders send tentative Ford contract to ratification vote

Ford Motor Company's headquarters in Dearborn.
Ford Motor Company

A United Auto Workers leadership group has voted to send a proposed contract with Ford to members for a ratification vote.

The agreement largely follows the pattern set by the agreement with General Motors, with a few differences.

Ford Motor Company members will get a $9,000 signing bonus if they ratify. That's compared to GM's members who get an $11,000 signing bonus, but that was after a 40-day strike.

Both contracts provide for no increase in out of pocket costs for health insurance, and a pathway for full time temporary workers to permanent status.

The union says the Ford contract includes the promise of investing more than $6 billion in new products, which will create or save more than 8,500 workers.

The Romeo engine plant in Michigan will close, but the agreement indicates that all jobs there will be shifted to a nearby transmission shop.

The National UAW-Ford Council agreed on Friday to send the matter to workers for a vote. Voting will start Monday and run until Nov. 15, the union said. The council includes leaders of UAW-Ford locals around the country.

UAW Vice President Rory Gamble says the agreement includes significant job security gains and holds the line on health care costs.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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