Ford Motor Company
Ford workers build Focus models at the Michigan Assembly Plant. Image: Ford Motor CompanyEnlarge Photo
has reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers
union on a new four-year labor contract. The agreement still needs to be ratified by UAW members, but Ford stresses the deal is fair to its employees while improving the automaker’s competitiveness in the United States.
Under the terms of the agreement, Ford will add 12,000 hourly-wage jobs
to its U.S. workforce, in-sourcing from countries such as Mexico, China and Japan. Ford had previously committed to adding 7,000 hourly-wage jobs by the end of 2012, and the new agreement adds an additional 5,750 jobs over the next four years.
Ford’s also committed to investing $16 billion in the United States before 2015, including some $6.2 billion in manufacturing plant upgrades.
The next step is for UAW leaders to share details with union members as part of the ratification process. Assuming the contract is accepted as written, look for further details from both Ford and the UAW in the coming weeks.