Claycomo Rejects National Ford CBA
November 18, 2015

(AP) – The United Auto Workers union is making a last-ditch push for the union’s proposed contract with Ford, which is heading for defeat in votes at Ford’s plants.

The union’s chief Ford negotiator, Jimmy Settles, said Wednesday that with 75 percent of workers voting, the contract is failing by a 52-48 percent margin. Workers at two big truck plants in Louisville, Kentucky, and Kansas City, Missouri, were among those who voted down the agreement.

Voting ends Friday. The UAW said it will likely announce vote totals Saturday.

“We’re optimistic. It looks dark now, but it might be light in the morning,” Settles said.

The agreement raises wages for all of Ford’s 53,000 hourly workers and guarantees $9 billion in investments in U.S. plants. It would end a hated two-tier wage system at Ford’s plants by bringing new workers up to the wages of longtime workers over eight years. And it promises bonuses worth $10,250 as soon as the contract is ratified.

But some members think Ford Motor Co. should end the two-tier system immediately, not over eight years. Others argue that it relies too much on profit-sharing payments and bonuses instead of guaranteed annual pay raises.

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.