Ford Expects Hiring 3,100 Jobs By End of 2012

by Devin Katayama on October 27, 2011

Ford Motor Company expects to hire all the new employees for its two Louisville plants by the end of next year.

Gov. Steve Beshear joined Mayor Greg Fischer and Ford Motor President of the Americas Mark Fields in Louisville on Thursday. The politicians cheered the ratification of a new 4-year contract between Ford and the United Auto Workers union in front of around 20 local UAW members.

The contract invests $1.2 billion and adds 3,100 jobs to the Kentucky Truck Plant and Louisville Assembly Plant. Hiring for the second shift at the L.A.P. is already underway. Ford expects to have the process complete by next summer, said Fields, and Ford will give precedent for the jobs to previous local UAW members.

“Also the Folks that are currently working in Kansas City that produce the Escape, they have the opportunity per the UAW contract, to follow their product so to speak. I would say as we look at the third shift we’ll probably see for the most past a majority of those folks that will be hired will be new hires,” said Fields.

Hiring for the third shift will begin sometime next year, depending on market demand for the new Escape SUV, he said. Profits for the current Escape hit a record first half, he said.

Beshear said expanding production may help spawn additional investments.

“And I expect to see more evidence of that in the months and the years to come,” he said.

Ford officials did not say if spin-off investments were likely in Louisville or Kentucky. The company already purchases from more than 180 suppliers across this state, said officials.

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Union Report on Upper Big Branch Explosion Faults Massey Energy, Suggests Evidence Tampering

by Erica Peterson October 25, 2011

The United Mine Workers union has released its own report into last year’s deadly explosion at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine. The report is highly critical of the way non-union Massey Energy handled the disaster. The explosion killed 29 workers, and the title of the report instantly gives a sense of how the United […]

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Local Union Could Decide 4-Year Contract With Ford Motors

by Devin Katayama October 17, 2011

The fate of a contract between Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union could come down to Louisville’s local chapter, which begins voting this week on the proposed four-year contract with the company. There have been mixed reviews on the new contract so far, and in several cities local unions have shot it […]

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Frazier Exhibit Focuses On Civil War Loyalty Divisions

by Rick Howlett October 13, 2011

An exhibit opening this weekend at the Frazier History Museum focuses on how the Civil War fractured many families and communities in Kentucky. It’s called “My Brother, My Enemy.”Curator of Collections Kelly Williams Wilkerson says Kentucky’s position as a so-called “border state” during the war caused some deep political and personal rifts “There’s lots of […]

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AFM President Discusses Kentucky Opera Talks

by Gabe Bullard October 12, 2011

The Kentucky Opera could be bound for the American Federation of Musicians’ ‘unfair list’ if it seeks outside players for performances next month. With the orchestra labor dispute still going, the opera has no easy source for musicians. Opera management struck a deal last month with orchestra players to accompany Carmen, but that deal cost […]

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Orchestra Musicians Voting on New Contract Today

by Gabe Bullard October 3, 2011

The musicians of the Louisville Orchestra are voting today on a contract for the current and upcoming seasons. The musicians and management have been at odds over the contract for months, and the impasse has resulted in the cancellation of three months of concerts. The management had previously pushed for a tiered system, with musicians […]

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“Unfair” Listing Won’t Change Orchestra Contract Talks as Season Approaches, Says Birman

by Gabe Bullard August 23, 2011

The management and musicians of the Louisville Orchestra have been in talks for the next season’s contract for about a year, but as deadlines approach, no agreement is in place. The first concert is scheduled for September 10, and rehearsals are supposed to start the week prior. But unless a contract is in place, the […]

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Rally To Be Held In Frankfort Against Wisconsin, Indiana Legislation

by Gabe Bullard February 25, 2011

Kentuckians will rally Saturday in Frankfort in support of protesters in Wisconsin and Indiana, who are fighting legislation they say will hurt labor unions. Similar rallies will be held in state capitals across the nation.

MoveOn.org and several other organizations are promoting the rallies. Keith Rouda with MoveOn hopes the event will show solidarity across the nation among people striving to protect and further unionized labor.

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Fischer Receives Union Nods

by Gabe Bullard September 1, 2010

Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer accepted endorsements from 29 labor unions Monday. But Fischer’s Republican opponent Hal Heiner says the candidate is not being completely honest with those groups.

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Jeffboat Union Workers Vote to Extend Strike

by scrosby April 5, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby Some 600 workers at the Jeffboat shipyard in southern Indiana remain on strike. The workers, represented by Teamsters Local 89, walked off the job Friday and voted Sunday to extend their strike. Union President Fred Zuckerman says the one sticking point is health care in the barge maker’s contract proposal. He says […]

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