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We are proud of our union and the UAW Ford National Negotiating Committee. As the nation’s economy remains stalled and uncertain, and its employment rate stagnates, we were able to win an agreement with Ford that will bring auto manufacturing jobs back to the United States from China, Mexico and Japan.
This agreement adds 5,750 new UAW jobs which means more than 12,000 new jobs in total with jobs previously announced by Ford. Many of these jobs will be added by the end of 2012, and all will be added during the term of the new contract.
The tentative agreement includes $16 billion to produce more new and upgraded vehicles and components by 2015, of which, $6.3 billion will be invested directly into retooling and upgrading plants. UAW members sacrificed when the company was struggling and this agreement ensures that our members will now share in Ford’s prosperity. While new jobs, investment and new products for our plants are the most important components of a secure future for our members, we were also able to make important gains in both income and benefits in this tentative agreement.
In terms of economic security, we increased Entry-Level wages to $19.28 over the term of the agreement. We also won a $6,000 Settlement Bonus for workers with a year or more seniority or $5,000 for those with less than a year, and $7,000 in Inflation Protection and Competitive lump-sum payments over the term of the agreement. Another important gain is the strong improvements we made in transparency and simplicity in the profit sharing plan.
In the area of health care benefits, when it seems like everyone in America is getting cuts in benefits and paying higher co-pays and deductibles, we were able to maintain and improve on our current benefits. Most significant for our members, we were able to secure unlimited $20 doctor’s office visits.
As representatives of workers, we will always have some differences with Ford management. Over and over, we reminded management that no one has a stronger self-interest in the success and long-term viability of the company than UAW Ford workers. CEOs come and go, often with huge golden parachutes, management comes and goes, stockholders come and go, but it is our UAW Ford members who are here for the long run and have the most at risk if the company fails. It is our members who work the hardest every day making the best vehicles in the world.
We are extremely proud of the job that was done by the entire UAW Ford National Negotiating Committee. We employed new strategies and tactics in these difficult economic times. Your bargaining team fought successfully not only to beat back the corporation’s attempt to weaken our contract, but also to win major improvements we all can be proud of.
This document summarizes the tentative agreement the UAW has reached with Ford. Please review it carefully, and go to www.uaw.org to review the entire agreement. And we urge you to vote “YES” in favor of ratification.
International Union, UAW
International Union, UAW and
Director, UAW National Ford Department