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When you buy a Ford F150, someone gets a raise!

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by Guest Post on
Feb 11, 2015

While the country is having a national conversation around raising wages for workers who have seen their wages stagnate or fall, union workers are actually taking concrete action to put money in the pockets of working families. Some 300 to 500 workers at Ford Motor Co. plants will see their pay increase by $9 an hour, thanks to hard-fought provisions won in the collective bargaining process.

UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles said: It is only because of the collective bargaining process between UAW and Ford in the 2011 agreement that workers are getting this opportunity. It is our time to show America that the road to the living wage begins now.

When the auto industry faced tough challenges in 2008, autoworkers were able to sit at the table with their employers and come to an agreement that would keep Ford and other manufacturers competitive. As the U.S. auto industry rebounds, so too have workers’ pay as they move from entry level pay to regular employees.  This means additional good, middle-class jobs in manufacturing. Settles told The New York Times: “We’re excited that Ford continues to make good on its commitment to our UAW members by transitioning entry-level employees.”

The workers’ pay raise will be based on seniority, and they will move up to the higher wage scale during the first quarter of this year. Read the rest on

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