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UAW accuses Ford of 'greed,' violating contract with plan to send jobs to Mexico

Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press on

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Kariem wrote in his letter to members, "We have risen to every challenge thrown our way since our founding in 1935. This institution has always rolled with the punches and punched back above our weight. We will work through this. Please stay safe and remember that we are all in this together."

After the UAW released its letter demanding answers, Ford plant manager Jason Moore wrote a response to plant employees on Monday that began, “By now, you have may have heard discussion about the future of Ohio Assembly Plant.”

Moore acknowledged the 2019 contract that included the investment and a new product for OHAP, and said that — while conditions have changed — the company is investing in the plant and increasing production of Super Duty trucks.

Moore reminded workers about Ford's commitments from from 2019 to present, “coupled with planned actions yet to be taken” this year:

"Full-time labor and base operation additions totaling more than 100 people, including some planned for this year." "Continued Investment to add overall capacity, increase Super Duty production, launch updated new models, and modernize the facility totaling more than $185 million in the three years from 2019 to 2021." "If we go back a bit further, the investment in 2015/2016 to source the F-650/F-750 Medium Duty and Super Duty products to Ohio Assembly Plant resulted in more than 700 full-time positions created or retained, and a $325 million investment."

This latest situation comes in the weeks following news that Ford UAW workers received smaller profit sharing checks than their Detroit Three counterparts; Stellantis announced this month $8,010 for its hourly workers; Ford workers are getting $3,625 and General Motors workers are receiving $9,000 this year.


Ford project cited in award

Meanwhile, Ohio just won recognition for its ability to recruit business and investment with an award that specifically cited the Ford plant, according to a March 3 article in the Elyria, Ohio-based Chronicle-Telegram. It mentioned new product made at the plant is expected to roll out in 2023.

“Ohio continues to attract new corporate facilities and businesses to invest here,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said. "In Ohio, we have a strong business community that will work alongside new companies who are looking to invest and utilize our skilled workforce.”

Two of Ford's newest vehicles are built in Mexico the 2021 Bronco Sport and 2021 all-electric Mustang Mach-E. Ford is the largest employer of hourly automotive workers in the U.S. The company employs approximately 186,000 people worldwide.

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