Early results heavily favor UAW-Ford labor pact

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

With more than 18 percent of Ford Motor Co.’s 52,900 hourly UAW members having the opportunity to vote, a majority have voted heavily in favor of the tentative labor contract between the automaker and union.

The Detroit News estimates that of the roughly 9,700 workers who have had the opportunity to vote, about 63 percent of production workers and 63 percent of skilled trades workers have voted in favor of the deal, which includes raises for all workers and a $9 billion investment in U.S. plants that will result in 8,500 created or retained jobs.

Only one plant wrapped up voting Saturday — Local 588 of Chicago Stamping — and the results were in favor of the deal.

Roughly 60 percent of production workers and 55 percent of skilled trades workers voted to rafity the deal, according to the union. Local 588 represents about 1,300 workers.

Voting results Friday included a majority at Michigan Assembly, Woodhaven Stamping and Romeo Engine voting in favor of the deal, while Sterling Axle voted against it. Thursday voting at smaller plants were also in favor of the deal.

Sunday results are expected from large assembly plants in Kansas City are expected to release results. Voting is scheduled to continue through at least Wednesday.

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