Ford’s Kansas City plant workers vote down proposed contract changes

October 26, 2009 http://detnews.com/article/20091026/AUTO01/910260387

Ford’s Kansas City plant workers vote down proposed contract changes

BRYCE G. HOFFMAN
The Detroit News

Workers at Ford Motor Co.’s Kansas City Assembly Plant delivered a stunning defeat to the company and union leaders Sunday when 92 percent voted against proposed contract changes.

The vote came after a stormy meeting at nearby Winnetonka High School where UAW Vice President Bob King, head of the union’s national Ford section, made an appeal to workers to support the agreement, which was negotiated by the UAW and Ford earlier this month.

"(He) spoke and was booed," said one worker, who asked not to be identified. "There were a lot of ‘No’s!’ It was a very loud meeting."

Last week, several key plants in Michigan and Ohio approved the deal by narrow margins.

A Ford executive expressed "shock" at the magnitude of the rejection.

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