The United Auto Workers Union (UAW) is the winner in the recently-concluded Ford contract negotiations. While its rank and file members will not see pay raises or recoup concessions, the union stands to gain millions in dues.
On Tuesday October 18, two large UAW local unions—Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan, and Local 862 in Louisville, Kentucky—voted to approve their contract with Ford. The two locals had enough votes to push the contract over the line for company-wide ratification.
Before Tuesday’s vote, the fate of the contract seemed uncertain. Ford workers were almost evenly split on the new deals. An interior-parts plant in Saline, Michigan had almost 60 percent of its production workers vote against the contract. The vote totals went from 53 percent against last Friday to 63.2 percent in favor Tuesday.