- New agreement includes $6 billion in investment in Ford’s U.S. manufacturing facilities and creates or secures 8,500 U.S. hourly jobs during the four-year contract
- Agreement improves Ford’s powertrain capacity utilization, while maintaining the company’s best-in-class assembly plant capacity utilization in North America
- Hourly employees receive pay increases, bonuses, profit sharing and other benefits
- U.S. labor cost increase consistent with projected U.S. manufacturing labor cost inflation; cost structure similar to domestic competitors
- Ford is proud to be America’s No. 1 producer of vehicles and the largest employer of UAW-represented autoworkers
The new collective bargaining agreement ratified tonight by United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) represented employees in the United States increases Ford Motor Company’s manufacturing competitiveness and provides $6 billion in U.S. investments, creating and securing 8,500 hourly jobs in America.
“We are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement quickly with the UAW without a costly disruption to production,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president, Automotive. “This deal helps Ford enhance our competitiveness and protect good-paying manufacturing jobs. Working with the UAW, we have added flexibility to our operations while keeping labor costs in line with projected U.S. manufacturing labor inflation costs and still rewarded our workers for their important contributions to the company.”
The terms of the new agreement provide Ford with opportunities to improve its manufacturing and operational fitness, including:
- Increased use of temporary employees
- Closing one engine plant, improving powertrain manufacturing capacity utilization, while offering all workers jobs at a nearby plant
- Special retirement program that will improve workforce composition, lowering labor cost
- No increase to pension obligations or payments to retirees
Ford’s hourly employees also receive a number of benefits, including:
- $9,000 ratification bonus for full-time permanent employees and $3,500 for temporary employees
- Guaranteed path to permanent full-time employment for temporary employees
- Wage increases, bonuses and continued profit sharing, allowing employees to share in the company’s success
- Opportunity for current in-progression and temporary employees to achieve top wage rate by end of agreement
This agreement keeps Ford’s labor cost structure similar to its domestic competitors.
Ford will incur $700 million in expense in its fourth quarter tied to the new agreement, primarily associated with the ratification bonus.
Ford is proud to be America’s No. 1 producer of vehicles and the largest employer of UAW-represented autoworkers, with approximately 55,000 hourly employees in the U.S. This agreement covers UAW-represented hourly employees in Ford manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois and New York.
SOURCE: Ford Motor Company