Friday Ford votes: Sterling Axle no; others say yes
Early voting results by United Auto Workers members at Ford Motor Co. are leaning in favor of a tentative labor deal.
Four locals reported results Friday. A majority of workers at Sterling Axle Local 228 voted against the deal, but most workers at Woodhaven Stamping, Romeo Engine and Michigan Assembly voted in favor.
At Local 228, where a handful of union demonstrators gathered Thursday with signs to protest the tentative deal because workers there receive a lower wage, 40 percent of production workers voted for the deal, while 63 percent of skilled traders voted to ratify it, according to the union. The local represents about 2,100 UAW members.
The majority of workers at UAW at Local 387 representing about 500 workers at Woodhaven Stamping and Forging plants voted in favor of the deal. About 57 percent of production workers and 62 percent of skilled trades worker voted “yes,” according to the union.
A majority of those casting ballots at Ford’s UAW Local 400, which represents about 500 workers at the automaker’s Romeo Engine plant, voted Friday in favor of the four-year pact. About 62 percent of production workers and 68 percent of skilled trades workers voted “yes,” according to the union.
Earlier Friday, a majority of workers at United Auto Workers Local 900, which represents roughly 4,100 hourly employees at Ford Motor Co.’s Michigan Assembly Plant, voted Friday in favor of the tentative labor deal as voting continued into its second day.
About 81 percent of production workers voted in favor of the deal, while 83 percent of skilled trades workers voted “yes.”
Michigan Assembly was the first major Ford plant to report results. Under the terms of the contract, Ford will invest $700 million in the Wayne plant as it replaces the Focus and C-Max — reportedly with the Ranger and Bronco.
On Thursday, a majority at UAW Local 931 — representing about 400 workers at Ford’s new model product development center in Allen Park, which builds pre-production vehicles — voted to ratify the deal.
About 81 percent of the plants production workers voted in favor of the proposal, while 54 percent of skilled trades workers voted “yes.”
Later Thursday night it was announced that UAW Local 898, representing Ford’s Rawsonville plant, that production and skilled trades workers split on the deal. Roughly 58 percent of production workers voted against the deal, while 54 percent of skilled trades workers voted “yes.”
Plants representing roughly 7,800 of Ford’s 52,900 hourly workers have released results.