Published On: Thu, Oct 13th, 2011

Ford Chicago Assembly Plant Workers Reject Proposed Contract

Reuters – Workers at Ford Motor Co.’s Chicago Assembly Plant overwhelmingly voted to reject a proposed four-year labor contract. This is the second “no” vote at a Ford plant this week, creating doubt the prospects for ratification.

The United Auto Workers union workers voted 77 percent to reject the pact which would cover 41,000 Ford production workers said Scott Houldieson to Reuters. Houldieson is secretary-treasurer of UAW Local 551, which represents workers at the plant.

Houldieson said he had heard from workers that they did not like the lack of a cost-of-living allowance in the contact and the continuation of a two-tier pay scale.

U.S. Ford workers are voting through next Tuesday on a proposed deal which the company has said would improve its competitiveness in the U.S. and offer a fair deal to workers.

GM workers ratified their contract in late September and Chrysler workers will vote over the next 2 weeks.

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