Claycomo UAW Ends Contract Extension, Strike Set for Noon Sunday

Members of the United Auto Workers Claycomo Assembly plant local have been told to prepare for a strike, perhaps as soon as the weekend.
Notice went out to more than 4,00 UAW Claycomo workers notifying of them strike assistance information and a picket line schedule.
The reason for the notice is the decision by UAW officials to end an indefinite contract extension that started on September 14.
Because the contract extension has been ended,the company and the union now have120 hours notice that the contract will end at12 Noon, Sunday October 4.
“We have been unable to reach a fair local agreement with the FORD Motor Company after meeting over 40 times since April,’ read a notice from the local issued this week.
A spokeswoman from Ford told the Detroit News they are trying to avoid a disruption at Claycomo as they seek a “fair and competitive” local contract.
The local Claycomo contract sets the working conditions inside of the huge plant.
According to union statements the main issues appear to be ” safety, senioriity and manpower at KCAP,” (Kansas City Assembly Plant).
One of the working conditions issues appears to be a dispute about heat breaks inside of the large, assembly plant that does not have air conditioning.
One plant worker, Sadie Bass, told KMBC 9 News that the mood of the workers was upbeat. Shortly after that brief TV interview, UAW Local 249 officials told union members not to talk to reporters and leave all statements to the local union leadership.
Ford have invested more than a billion dollars improving the Claycomo plant in recent years.
The plant manufactures Ford’s popular 150-pick-up line as it’s cargo van, ‘Transit’.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon frequently cites his successful effort to pass a tax break bill for Claycomo in his first term.
He says it measure led to an expansion of plant operations and its large work force.

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