Ford's F-150 Missouri Plant Could Be Shut Down

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As a result of difficult negotiations between Ford and the United Auto Workers, it's possible that a strike could shut down the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo. That's where Ford produces the F-150 pickup truck and Transit full-size van.

According to Automotive News, UAW Local 249 has given Ford Motor Co. just a few days to respond to its request to settle several key issues. Union leaders say negotiators have met more than 40 times since April but have not been able to reach an agreement.

A strike could seriously disrupt the sales momentum Ford has struggled to build for the all-new aluminum-bodied F-150 since it had to get both F-150 plants (in Michigan and Missouri) up to full speed after shutting them down to refit them to build the pickup. As a result, monthly sales of Ford pickups have been flat, while the rest of the industry has experienced steadily climbing sales numbers.

Ford representatives said they are confident a fair and competitive deal will be reached before the 1 p.m. Sunday central time deadline set by UAW officials. photo by Mark Williams



Unions hard at work Good Job!!!!!

this is my shocked font

I am shocked

That's where management makes an announcement.

"Anybody who wants to earn a paycheck can drop their union membership and show up Monday. The rest of ya'll, good luck finding work that pays a fraction of what we do"

exactly ^^^

If they do strike it will be a good time for ford to take the downtime and switch the plant to the 2016 model year. Put the white collar workers on the floor, build some tricks and verify the production lines for the 2016 model year.

Unions, another reason all vehicles are so expensive. Got to hand it to BMW, they told employees if they go union they will pack up everything and build in Germany. Guess what, very happy non union BMW workers that make a good living. Wish the unions would go away and let your work ethic keep your job.

I agree, union's were made to protect workers back when our country was young. Foreigners didn't know what a fair wage was hence the unions being made. If you aren't smart enough to negotiate your own wage, tough luck. Get rid of unions!!!

Really not much truth in the expense of a vehicle thanks to the uaw statement. All Rams hd are made in Mexico with slave labor, 1/2 or more of gm's are made with slave labor in Mexico. They are no cheaper then a ford trucks built in the US. Meanwhile these auto companies.... Well gm and ford are seeing record profits. FCA is a broke joke. The employees should be able to share in the success of a company. The uaw made huge concessions when the auto companies were in financial trouble.

Every now and then I see on the newsame Jeep workers caught doing drugs and drinking on the job. Even caught on camera. Unions allow them to keep their jobs. Makes you think.......... I'm sure jeep employees are not the only ones either. From what I learned in history unions started off as a good thing but it has turned into something terrible.

Unions have had a strong roll in improving the workplace for workers.
With that being said, I'm all for getting paid a "fair" wage for the level of education/training/skill required to do the job.
Times have gotten better and companies are doing better and correspondingly we see unions sense of entitlement growing. Car companies are far from being on stable ground and can easily be injured. The unions are well aware of this.
UAW at FCA rejected a contract just recently.

UAW rank and file want to do away with tiered wages. The FCA contract would of seen a 3rd Tier added for parts and axle workers. Typically they want one wage for the bargaining unit.

"The company refuses to address important issues around safety, seniority and manpower at KCAP,”
A guy leaning on a broom is much safer at Tier One wages?
I'm sure this is about Tier One and wanting to go back to "all inclusive" retirement packages.
We need an extra 10 guys per shift leaning on brooms. That is much safer since they can have 1/10 awake to warn of approaching managers.

Unions are pure bull$h!t.A person with a good strong work ethic doesn't need a union,and deadwood needs to grow up and learn to work hard without whining to a shop steward.

HAHAHA! Shut them down it'll be funny as hell!

And union workers wonder why so much more automation. Good job unions!

Now that would be a set back as F150 production continues to gradually close on its goals.

Not all Dodge trucks are made in Mexico. The plant in warren mi has been making them for decades and still does. Lots of room and people willing to work here in the south.

Didn't see the hd so I stand corrected. Heard recently ford is building a truck plant in Mexico.

The two sides will sit down and come to agreement that makes both sides happy - labor (blue collar) & management (white collar).

The union brought us the weekends & 8 hours - the days of robber barons are over and they have been defeated by blue collar.

Disclaimer - My parents were union members, I am a union member & spouse, my children will be union members

Buy Non-Union, it's my motto.

All Ford has to do is address the issues in question. Treat your workers right or pay the consequences.

Part of the reason I went from a Ford to a made in USA with non-parasite, I mean non-democrat, I mean non-union Tundra.

unions used to be powerful not so much anymore. there has been a few dealers in my area that voted the union in, the owner told them they will be fired if they do and that's what happened all fired new crew filled in and the guys stood out front with their rat for days and one by one they went home. It used to be a union driver wouldn't cross a picket line but not anymore. even on construction sites a the union boss could shut it down if non union labor was used now the union boss gets throw out.

The unions served their purpose, and accomplished many good things for the middle class American worker but their time of relevance has long passed.

Its all about job security for the union bosses now. They have to have a victim to survive, so they lay on the scare tactics trying to convince us that somehow in the US in the 21st century that corporations will suddenly start forcing us to work 24 hours a day with no more weekends or holidays. Wake the f up, the genie is out of the bottle, people are more aware than ever of the underhanded practices of corporate america. In the era of instant communication and cellphone videos, corruption is exposed and dealt with in the public eye. We no longer need some overweight high-school dropout who makes a quarter of a million dollars a year "bargaining" for us.

Companies are wising up to this and end running the unions by closing their doors and moving to places that let them run their business instead of trying to "negotiate" with a parasite intent on bleeding them dry one tiny razor cut at a time.

The people who suffer, ironically, are the poor workers who were too stupid to realize that the union parasites were just using them as pawns. They are left to pick up the pieces while the union bosses find a new host to suck the life out of.

How many times do people need to kill the golden goose before they realize that there are no golden eggs inside it? 21st centruy unions are nothing more than leaches that thrive on deceit and misinformation for their own personal gain. David Robertson, if you are really committing your kids to that as their future, that's just sad. No other words for it.

I think the UAWs is a good thing overall, but sometimes they seem to over-reach. This and what is happening with Fiat are prime examples. Of course companies want to make money, so why not send your labor outside of the States? You have the same quality standards to meet whether it is built in Mexico, Canada or America. Look at the iPhone for example; designed in California but made in China. How many guys post crap about Rams and GMs built in Mexico on this site have an iPhone in their pockets right now? Talk about calling the kettle black...

I agree with Montands that unions have many positives. I'm not sure what the actual issues are but it is a red flag in my books when a union says "safety" is a concern. Since when has safety been a new concern? They are using "safety" to pad the ranks since "manpower" was a stated issue.

@David Robertson - all depends on what you do or whom you work for. Most professionals are non-union but are governed by standards of practice and their professional bodies self police.

Unions still exist so that their leaders can wear pinky rings, keep their wives and girlfriends happy and launder money from politicians, mainly democrats

This is the reason I'm staying with GM.

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My father was city bus driver - civil service
My mother was a meter maid - civil service
My spouse and I are teachers - civl service
hopefully our children join civil service.
25 and you are retired such a beautiful thing.

I wish we have my dad union reps 20 and out - 50% of your 3 best years.

My dad worked overtime his last 3 years averaged 130K he is enjoying life with $65K till the day he kicks the bucket - can you imagine an old African American man be given that kind of dough by a robber baron?

Based on that I am pro union. For those who dislike unions there is Chinese and Asians who do not enslave their workforce feel free to purchase their product - we buy Union and made in USA.

I'd rather have a truck built by dedicated mexican workers than crappy american union workers. I bet the quality is better coming out of a mexican plant than an American one. It's ridiculous trying to find americans willing to work on our farm. They want a 20 minute break for every hour of work and $20 an hour.

Scott and road ram, go to monterray Mexico and see the plants for Ford and Chevy, all the frames are made there

Dang unions... This is why Henry Ford despised them.

I wouldn't work on somebody else's farm. I'm not here to make them rich. How much do farm workers earn? Based on the most recent National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS)– about $7 an hour.


My father was city bus driver - civil service
My mother was a meter maid - civil service
My spouse and I are teachers - civl service
hopefully our children join civil service.
25 and you are retired such a beautiful thing."

Yes city workers are another petime peeve of mine also. So glad we the tax payers can pay for their early retirement while the rest of everyone works longer and builds up retirement. Sure wish tax payers had a say in that special feature.

@David Robertson, It's because of unions that we are forced (economically) to buy things made in Mexico and China.

Finally some good news.

I would just like to point out to all of you guys bashing the union that my brother in law, who builds the new Colorado, is only making 14 dollars a hour. I don't know what you guys consider a good wage, but for what they are charging for that truck I would think Gm could do a little better. Everybody bitches about how much money us Union guys make, and it's not really all that much. The reason every thing cost so much and all of our jobs have gone over seas is because every company has share holders and in order for the share holders to make money they have to pay us peanuts. Than when a company mid manages there money and product its immediately the unions fault. But I guess making over 20 dollars a hour and a week off for vacation is to much to ask for.

40 times since April 2015? Damn! They must be very fussy.

@ Rickey

What is his skills? I know medics, nurses, that make less than that and they have life saving skills.

He works on the frame, and I don't know any medic that make under 14 dollars a hour, and that's a shame if they do, because there are all these people who sit at desks not really doing much of anything that get paid millions while we the working class break are backs to make a fair wage and than get knocked for being Union. My dad is 62 and can't work as a carpenter because his body is so broke down, but I guess he doesn't deserve his union retirement.

Unfortunately there is a large share of union working class that is not really a working class. More a lazy class that expects everything to be handed to them. My mother inlaw is in the nurse's union and would love to get out of it. The decisions they made has screwed her in several ways. UAW protects those that should be fired and make way for someone that actually wants to work.

He works on the frame, and I don't know any medic that make under 14 dollars a hour,
Posted by: Rickey | Oct 2, 2015 5:39:11 PM

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Salary

Basic Emergency Medical Technicians in the United States take home an average $11.52 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.00 per hour and $15.33.

UAW pay? $30+ per hour.


What kind of skills do you have and how much do you make? There is a really good chance that most of the people on this page make more than 14 dollars a hour and don't have life saving skills. That's a pour comparison. Most millionaires don't have life saving skills should they be millionaires?


What kind of skills do you have and how much do you make? There is a really good chance that most of the people on this page make more than 14 dollars a hour and don't have life saving skills. That's a pour comparison. Most millionaires don't have life saving skills should they be millionaires?

Posted by: Rickey | Oct 2, 2015 5:55:00 PM

Lets just put it this way, I work very hard and wear a white, blue, and sometimes red collar. I work in health care and am responsible for over 15 million dollars in life saving equipment that is used. We put on 1.35 million miles a year on our equipment and I am responsible to make sure they do not break down while someone's loved one in in route to a hospital. I am comfortable but not as comfortable as others. My appreciation for law enforcement, EMS, and fire is beyond words and feel these are the ones that really get the short end of the stick.

Ford has a backup plan. Rumor is all of the frames are being sent to Dearborn in preparation for a strike in KC.


This is still a bad comparison, and your making a great point. To many Americans are getting paid less while do nothing CEOs are making millions. Shareholders are making millions in the mean time they are pitting the middle class against each other so it takes the fo as off of them, and seems to me that everyone in this comment section is playing right into their hands. But let's keep knocking the union guy making 14 dollars an hour or the union guy who has spent 30 years of his life at a company and is making 30 dollars an hour. Sounds fair to me.


I have a great respect for anyone in the middle class no matter what they do.


I have mixed feeling about your comment. In fact I just had a similar discussion at work about CEOs. I will not pretend to understand everything they go through to justify their pay and I am quite certain that some does not deserve it. But think of a very very large company like Ford or GM. Their salaries are defiantly making bank. But they are responsible for making sure their companies are in the black and their hundreds of thousands of employees bring home a paycheck every week.

My beef with the union is how they protect the lazy. Laziness cost companies millions if not billions of dollars a year. Think of the potential savings those loss's were not their. There is a lot of willing people out there that are qualified to work hard and do the job if there was an opening. But it is too hard for a company to get rid of bad seeds because of union rules.

GID RID OF UNIONS. I work with union workers and they are the laziest pieces of crap I work with and I'm non union. They would be the first ones to $hit can.

States should not be allowed to ban open shops--it's pure political corruption.

Right to work.

The states that have blocked right-to-work rules all have big welfare problems and high unemployment. And crooked politicians. Generations of middle class kids have been raised thinking that crap is normal. It isn't.

And this is why a new 1/2 ton costs 60,000 or more

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