As FCA/UAW Deal Fails, Union Threatens Strike at a Ford Plant

Workers at F-150 plant in Kansas City could walk Sunday without a local contract.

Rejection of Fiat Chrysler’s tentative contract with the United Auto Workers appeared certain Wednesday. The Associated Press reports that plant-level union leaders have been summoned to Detroit for a meeting on Thursday to discuss their next move. Their options include going back to the bargaining table or a strike. The union is also threatening a strike at one of Ford‘s factories. UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles is asking for authorization to strike at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, which makes the Ford F-150 pickup. He says Ford has not bargained in good faith on a local contract covering more than 7,000 workers at the plant. Ford says it’s confident it can make a fair deal with the union. Kristin Dziczek, Assistant Research Director at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller every auto plant has its own issues. Click on the audio player to hear the conversation.




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    Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.