Louisville, KY – Nearly 9,000 UAW autoworkers at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant will strike on Friday, February 23rd if local contract issues are not resolved.
After Ford Motor Company has failed to reach a local agreement with UAW Local 862 at Kentucky Truck Plant more than five months past the contract deadline, UAW Vice President Chuck Browning has requested authorization from UAW President Fain to set a strike deadline at Kentucky Truck Plant for 12:01 a.m., Friday, February 23rd.
The core issues in Kentucky Truck Plant’s local negotiations are health and safety in the plant, including minimum in-plant nurse staffing levels and ergonomic issues, as well as Ford’s continued attempts to erode the skilled trades at Kentucky Truck Plant.
Ford autoworkers at Kentucky Truck, along with 150,000 autoworkers at GM, Ford, and Stellantis, won historic raises and contract improvements in national negotiations last year. UAW members at Kentucky Truck played a leading role in the Stand Up Strike that secured those victories.
In addition to the UAW’s national contracts, UAW members negotiate local agreements around plant-specific issues at each facility. Along with Kentucky Truck Plant, there are 19 other open local agreements across Ford, along with several open local agreements at GM and Stellantis.