The United Auto Workers apparatus has pulled out all the stops to defeat rank-and-file opposition and impose a new four-year labor agreement on Ford workers. The contract will further erode workers’ living standards, even as the number two US automaker pulls in billions in profits.
With workers at several factories, including three large assembly plants in Ohio and Kentucky, still voting, the UAW claimed Monday that the deal was supported by 62 percent of workers. As of last Friday, only 50.8 percent of workers had voted “yes” and momentum was pointing to a defeat of the sellout. Workers at two large assembly plants in suburban Detroit and Chicago rejected it, with a 77 percent “no” vote at the latter.
Over the weekend top officers and staff members from the UAW’s Solidarity House headquarters in Detroit fanned out to ratification meetings in Minnesota, Michigan, Kentucky and Missouri to browbeat workers into voting for the deal. The UAW International gave local union officials marching orders to ram through the contract.
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