While improving the contract is good for workers in preparation because it puts those people higher up the pay scale faster, the debate over the preliminary deal is deep and complicated, said Kurt Kromm, an electrician at kentucky Truck in Louisville and a member of UAW Local 862. The United Automobile Workers union announced Friday that the deal was supported by 56 percent of voters. The modern relationship culminated Wednesday with the fact that after just three days of talks on economic issues, the union and automaker reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract — and after the UAW struck a 40-day strike amid fierce talks with GM. Industry observers said that with stable incomes households that could afford to buy cars. Contract negotiator for Ford Motor Co. and the UAW has rewritten a passage of its preliminary agreement — while members are voting on the deal — that will raise the wages of nearly 10,000 workers to ensure ratification. The terms of the four-year agreement are comparable to those obtained by the union with General Motors, but without a strike. William Gould IV, professor emeritus of law at Stanford University and former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, declared his first job outside of Cornell Law: work in the legal staff of Solidarity House under then-President Walter Reuther. “It`s about refining the language of the agreement in which they check the correctness of things to determine if there are any possible errors. They go back and forth here,” he said. It is really an extension of the collective bargaining process. They do due diligence. The willingness to correct mistakes often depends on the relationship they have with each other. “At the end of this four-year agreement, every Ford employee and temporary worker will receive the peak rate for full-time status,” said Rory Gamble, interim president of the UAW, who is director of the UAW Ford division. “This is a life-changing contract for many and offers a model for all future Ford UAW members at a maximum rate full-time status.
There will be no more permanent temporary situations and there will be no more permanent levels. Neither Ford nor UAW would comment on the deal, except in prepared statements. Marick Masters, a professor of economics at Wayne State University, said a careful review of the interim agreement was needed. Ford is the largest employer of factory workers in the United States, with 55,000 hour workers, and has made no new plans to close factories or export production sites. Now these workers will decide whether to ratify Wednesday`s deal. The preliminary agreement that was approved by UAW leaders on Nov. 1, which provides for investments of $6 billion and promises to create or maintain 8500 jobs. While GM workers received an US$11,000 signing bonus, full-time employees at Ford will be offered $9,000 after ratification. Union workers have approved a four-year employment contract with Ford Motor that accepts wage increases and other terms that are almost identical to the agreement with General Motors. . . .