UAW members at Ford ratify new contract

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The United Auto Workers announced Wednesday, Nov. 14, that its members have voted to ratify a new collective-bargaining agreement with Ford Motor Co. The union had reached a tentative agreement with Ford on Nov. 3.

Production workers voted 81 percent in favor of the four-year pact, and 71 percent of skilled-trades workers approved the contract. Overall, 79 percent of UAW Ford members voted in favor of the contract, which covers about 54,000 active workers at Ford and more than 94,000 Ford retirees and 28,000 surviving spouses.

“Our bargaining team negotiated a contract that protects wages, benefits and seniority for our active members, and provides income and healthcare security for our retired members,” UAW President Ron Gettelfinger says.