UAW production workers at Claycomo Ford plant reject proposed labor deal

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Members of the United Auto Workers Union at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plan have rejected a tentative national contract between the union and the automaker, according to results posted Monday.

About 54 percent of 4,549 production workers at Ford’s Claycomo plant voted against the national contract. The contract passed by a two-vote margin among 458 skilled trades workers at the plant.

The tentative deal, reached in October, helped avert a strike at the Kansas City-area plant, which employs about 7,500 people. The four-year contract calls for an $8,500 signing bonus, pay raises for veteran workers and a higher wage scale for Tier 2 workers.

About 52,900 workers at UAW locals across the country are voting on the proposed national contract, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Both the production and skilled trades groups at the Claycomo facility approved plant-specific issues with backing of at least 66 percent.

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