Claycomo UAW Ends Contract Extension, Strike Set for Noon Sunday
September 30, 2015

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.

Nixon Talks Up Boeing for Missouri & Jobs, Special Session Chatter Swirls
November 28, 2013

(AP) — As suitors across the country line up hoping to land a new Boeing Co. commercial aircraft manufacturing plant and its thousands of high-paying jobs, Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday stressed the company’s Show-Me State roots and vowed to compete aggressively against the other bidders.

Missouri is among several states vying to produce the Boeing 777X commercial airplane. Alabama, California, South Carolina, Texas and Utah also are pursuing the project. The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturing giant initially wanted to build the jet in Washington state, where the company was founded, but union machinists refused to accept concessions in a proposed contract. Boeing immediately began talks with other locations, and company executives met privately with Nixon last week.

The Democratic governor took his pitch Wednesday to about 300 civic and business leaders in St. Louis and St. Charles County at an awards luncheon hosted by Progress 64 West, a group that promotes development along the Interstate 64 corridor. Nixon said he and legislative leaders are considering whether to hold a special session on possible economic incentives for the manufacturer before lawmakers’ scheduled return to Jefferson City in early January.

“When it comes to game-changing manufacturing projects, it doesn’t get much bigger than this,” Nixon said. “This is a huge, transformative project and we’re going to compete for all of it.”

He didn’t offer details on how much he thinks Missouri would have to provide Boeing in tax incentives, but the Legislature in recent years twice has approved costly packages crafted to entice specific corporations to move to the state.

In 2008, lawmakers authorized $240 million of tax credits for Bombardier Aerospace to build passenger jets near Kansas City International Airport. The company instead chose to manufacture the planes in Mirabel, Canada, near its Montreal headquarters.

Two years later, Nixon summoned legislators to a special session to consider incentives for Ford Motor Co. to continue manufacturing vehicles at its facility near Kansas City. Lawmakers subsequently approved $150 million of auto industry incentives that have been used by Ford and General Motors Co. to expand production in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas.

But those deals pale to the largess some states have offered, including Washington, which a decade ago gave Boeing more than $3 billion in tax credits. Lawmakers there also have approved nearly $9 billion in tax breaks over more than a decade should the Boeing 777X plant stay close to home.

Since Boeing expects to choose a location as soon as January, Nixon and other elected leaders have to move fast.

“It will be a short Thanksgiving,” he said. “This is moving quickly. It’s a matter of days, not weeks.”

Boeing already employs 15,000 people in Missouri, with the St. Louis region the aircraft-maker’s second-largest location outside of Seattle