DETROIT- Workers at Ford Motor Co. are looking for a sweeter deal than the one the UAW reached with GM last week.
Ford, chosen late Wednesday as the next up on the UAW's bargaining circuit, is expected to adopt broad strokes from GM's deal, but with significant alterations that reflect differences between the two companies.
Workers and industry analysts agree that to win ratification, a Ford pact must be richer than the $12,500 in bonuses, including a $5,000 signing reward, agreed to by GM over four years of its proposed contract.
Ford hourly worlers expect more because the company's balance sheet is improving, and salaried employees got raises and bonuses last year. CEO Alan Mulally was paid $26.5 million- a sum that has rallied the automakers 41,000 hourly workers to demand a better deal for themselves even if it means a strike to get it.
"We have big honchos taking multimillion-dollar bonuses and they can't even give us back the concession we made for them to get it.", said a Chairman of a Local that wasn't willing to give his name or Local unit.
"If I have to tell my members to put down their tools and shut off their machines and walk out the door I am prepared to do it." Ford, he noted, is "making money and we want our share too."
All it's going to take is one militant local that is manufaturing key componets to bring the whole company to a grinding halt and for those believing it won't happen, well then I say you have your head up your.....
In a time when over 13 milllion workers have no job at all, it does hurt a lot to see those who at least have a job, demand more money and those who have to buy what little food they can buy, out here in Ca. where I live grocery store workers are going on strike for more wages. Those who are out of work have to walk by strikers who have good jobs. I am sorry makes no sense to me greed seems to rule now.
A local cannot go against the International just as bigman says. A wildcat strike is not sanctioned and will not last. The International will order them to return to work and if they don't the President of the local will be removed by the International and they will replace him with someone of their choosing until an election can take place. There are many radicals out there and some locals might even vote the contract down but if the total vote approves the contract those locals voting it down will have to accept it as their contract like it or not. Even if the contract is voted down nationally it doesn't mean they will go on strike but most likely just go back to the bargaining table and continue to bargain. Turning down the International's recommendation on a national contract is very foolish and I don't think it was ever done because that is the best deal the International thinks they can get. Returning to the table more than likely will not result in a better contract. Especially in these times I believe the great majority of workers will follow the International's recommendation without a problem.
lovelincoln: "I don't think it was ever done"
Really? So you didn't even bother to click on that auto news link did you?
If a local decides to go they will go even against the International's advice.
It's happened at Freightliner, Lordstown, Van Nuys, and a few other parts plants represented by UAW represented employees.
And uawbigman is nothing but a gawddamned liar with multiple aliases who jumped boards when Yahoo shut down the GM board.
Idiots. Why do you think we have and join a union? A union is an instruments to force the company to give you as much as possible.
They WANT their share. What is their fair share? When you work for someone a fair share is a fair salary(?). What makes the union think they own the company? Just because the company makes a zillion dollars that labor should get half or more.
Buffet that makes a zillion does not pay his employees more than a fair salary.
Once again the slug bigman uses multiple aliases to stroke his own bullschitt.
UAW Locals have used wildcat strikes on more than one occasion and 1984 was no exception. In fact in 1996 the same Lordstown Local 1112 walked out the door on a one day strike without authorization from the International.
A search will confirm uaw wannabee and all his aliases are just, well, is a bunch of hotair.
5,500 workers from UAW Local 1112 walked out of work Monday at the GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The workers struck to protest the firing of the local's shop Cahirman A Alli. The strike was not authorized by the UAW.....
In February of the same year workers from a shop in Warren Michigan staged a wildcat strike to protest GM's firing of their local union president, Randall Pearson, and shop Chairman, Herman Ector. Both Randall and Ector were rehired........
which is exactly what is WRONG with the unions in todays era. Just ask boeing, ALL STATES SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO WORK LAW. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF FORDS CONTRACT IS UP WITH THE UAW THEN FORD HAS EVERY RIGHT TO GO A SEPERATE WAY AS IN NON UNION SHOPS.
Before you can ask a question you need to learn how to spell - SEPARATE not SEPERATE - this is what you get when we have a dumbing down of the public.
Dumbing down of the public means $7Hr. Is that what you want for this country - the wealthy get wealthier off the backs of the middle class or do you want an even break life..sorry, you can get anywhere in life on $7-$10 wages. If you think that is all you are worth - you are in for a big surprise when you wake up to reality and the joke will be on you because you drank their koolaid. You know, before you know it you will be 50 and then 60 and you will wonder what you are going to do. Sorry, I had the experience of Carl Icahn when I worked for TWA....not a happy ending.........Mitt Romney in the same class of investor as Icahn - Perry is just too stupid to get out of own way.