UAW members ratify Ford contract

(William Walker/CNN)

DEARBORN, Mich. – The United Auto Workers union approved its tentative contract with Ford on Friday.

According to the union, 56.3 percent of members voted in favor of the agreement.

The four-year contract promises pay raises, no-cost increases in health care and pathways to top wages.

Ford workers will get $9,000 each, but Ford will close a factory in the deal, a person briefed on the pact said earlier this month. The company plans to close its engine factory in Romeo.

“Every Ford employee and temporary employee will be at the top-rate for full-time status at the end of this four-year agreement,” said Acting UAW President Rory Gamble, who is Director of the UAW Ford Department. “This is a life changing contract for many and provides a template for all future Ford UAW members to a full-time, top-rate status. There will be no more permanent temporary situations and no more permanent tiers.”

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“This contract provides over $6 Billion in new product investment creating and retaining over 8500 jobs. We are proud that UAW-Ford members through this contract will continue to be the largest U.S. auto workforce and build the most products here at home,” said Rory Gamble, UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW-Ford Department. “This contract reflects the hard work, sacrifice and quality work of UAW members as they lead the U.S. auto industry.”

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