Tentative Agreement at Ford: Major Victory in the Stand Up Strike
UAW national negotiators announced on Wednesday that they have reached a tentative agreement with Ford. UAW President Shawn Fain and Vice President Chuck Browning announced the agreement in a video that gives an overview of the deal, while outlining next steps in the ratification process. Highlights of the Ford TA include:
The gains in the deal are valued at more than four times the gains from the 2019 contract.
It provides more in base wage increases than Ford workers have received in the past 22 years.
The agreement grants 25% in base wage increases through April 2028.
It cumulatively raises the top wage by over 30% to more than $40 an hour.
It raises the starting wage by 68%, to over $28 an hour.
The lowest-paid workers at Ford will see a raise of more than 150% over the life of the agreement.
Some workers will receive an immediate 85% increase immediately upon ratification.
The agreement reinstates major benefits lost during the Great Recession, including Cost-of-Living Allowances (COLA) and a three-year Wage Progression, as well as killing divisive wage tiers in the union. It improves retirement for current retirees, those workers with pensions, and those who have 401(k) plans. It also includes a historic right to strike over plant closures, a first for the union.
Members—the highest authority in the union—will make the final decision on the agreement after it’s reviewed by the UAW-Ford National Council. In the meantime UAW members at Ford have returned to work, but the Stand Up Strike continues at Stellantis and GM. Scroll down to Upcoming Events for info on a solidarity picket on November 1st at our closest striking Stellantis plant in Tappan, NY!