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Ford Claycomo Workers Rally Against More Pay Cuts

Ford Claycomo Workers Rally Against More Pay Cuts

Dave Dunn


Web Producer Rebecca Sapakie

August 10, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Hundreds of union workers at Ford’s Claycomo plant are rallying against talk of more contract concessions. The UAW Local 249 says taking additional cuts, doesn’t make sense.

UAW Local 249 leaders returned from a national meeting in Detroit with information about further changes to their labor agreement, including more pay cuts among other things.

The UAW already approved contract concessions in March to help Ford survive, but they say it’s a whole different ballgame now.

At a meeting closed to the media, hundreds of UAW workers at the Ford Claycomo plant gathered to talk about the idea of taking more cuts in their current labor agreement.

"It was a resounding ‘No!’" said UAW Local 249 President Jeff Wright.

In March, the nearly 4000 Claycomo UAW workers voted to approve cuts that boiled down to working more hours for less money to help Ford survive the troubling times for U.S. automakers that included billion dollar bailouts for GM and Chrysler.

But, Ford didn’t take a bailout, and now with sales improving UAW workers say talks of more cuts don’t sit well.

"Ford made $2.1 billion or whatever last quarter and they’re still wanting more concessions, more concessions," said Wright.

Ford officials have been saying since May they’d like additional changes to its labor contract, so it’s more in line with agreements that were reached between the UAW, GM and Chrysler.

Local 249 workers are sounding off about the talk of additional changes that they say will mean more pay cuts to newer employees and a restructuring of the workforce that they say will cost jobs.

President of Local 249 says their feelings about more cuts mirror those of Ford’s union workers across the country.

"Enough is enough."

On August 25, union leaders will meet with Ford executives in Detroit about additional changes to the labor agreement. They’re currently in the middle of a four year contract.

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