Yarmuth Applauds Ford, UAW Agreement

Responding to a new contract agreement between Ford Motor Company and Louisville’s local United Auto Workers, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., praised the automobile company and its employees for coming together. Union members in Illinois and Michigan rejected the agreement last week, which made it unclear if the ratification would be approved. But the local… Continue reading Yarmuth Applauds Ford, UAW Agreement

Louisville’s UAW Union Votes on Ford Motor Contract Next Week

Louisville’s local United Auto Workers union will vote on an agreement with Ford Motor Company next week. Michigan’s local union voted against the agreement Tuesday. Skilled-trade workers were less in favor of the contract than production workers. Around 50 percent of all reporting local unions have decided the contract doesn’t meet the concerns of union… Continue reading Louisville’s UAW Union Votes on Ford Motor Contract Next Week

Ford Contract Brings Big Plans For Louisville

The new tentative contract agreement reached between the Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers contains some major benefits for the automaker’s two Louisville plants. Under the agreement, Ford will add a third shift at the retooled Louisville Assembly Plant to produce a new vehicle. Officials say the move will create more than 1,000… Continue reading Ford Contract Brings Big Plans For Louisville

Around 30 Take Latest Ford Buyout Offer

Local United Auto Workers union officials say they were surprised at the number of Ford workers who accepted the company’s latest buyout offer, which ended Friday. It was the fourth such offer from the company since 2006, as they try to reduce their workforce. Scott Eskridge is the union chairman at the Kentucky Truck Plant.… Continue reading Around 30 Take Latest Ford Buyout Offer

275 Louisville Assembly Plant Workers Laid Off

275 workers at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant are being laid off today.

The workers on Ford’s Explorer line are being cut as the vehicle is taken out of production.

Local United Auto Workers Union Building Chairman Steven Stone says the union tried to prevent the layoffs, but employment will be boosted when the plant begins manufacturing a new fuel-efficient vehicle in 2011.

“They are predicting to run multiple shifts out there, so I’m sure every single one of those that are laid off will be back,” he says. “I’m sure of that.”

Stone says the laid off workers will receive some health benefits and about 70% of their salaries for one year. A Ford spokesperson did not return a phone call for comment.

Local Ford Workers Approve Concessions

Local members of the United Auto Workers Sunday narrowly approved concessions in their contract with Ford Motor Company. The two Louisville Ford plants employ about 5,600 people. The concessions were also approved nationally. The concessions include a pay freeze, loss of bonuses, suspension of the Jobs Bank program that pays laid-off workers and a reduction… Continue reading Local Ford Workers Approve Concessions