DETROIT ( TheStreet) - Workers in a United Auto Workers local outside Detroit have narrowly rejected a tentative contract agreement at Ford ( F). Members of United Auto Workers Local 900, employed at Michigan Assembly and Wayne Stamping plants, voted to reject the contract by a margin of 51.1% to 48.9%, with 2,582 workers voting.
Local 900 Chairman Bill Johnson said members were disappointed by the $16,700 in bonuses and profit sharing over the life of the four-year contract, by the $26.5 million in 2010 compensation for CEO Alan Mulally and by fears that the addition of a third shift would bring in higher-seniority workers from outside, according to The Detroit News. Ford has 41,000 hourly workers who are voting on the contract this week and next. The UAW said that in voting through Monday by 7.3% of its Ford local unions, 50.1% of production workers voted to approve the deal, but only 45.2% of skilled-trade workers voted to approve. --Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. >To contact the writer of this article, click here:
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