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UAW Caught Off-Guard By Trump’s Tweet About Ford Louisville Assembly

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United Auto Workers union leadership met with Ford last week after being surprised by president-elect Donald Trump’s tweet about helping to prevent the shift of Lincoln MKC production to Mexico.

Apparently, Bloomberg reports, the UAW had been unaware that Ford had considered moving the Lincoln MKC out of Kentucky’s Louisville Assembly Plant, and into Ford’s Fiesta plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico.

Such a move would have been permitted under Ford’s current labor contract with the UAW, says Bloomberg, and the loss of the Lincoln MKC would have been balanced out by additional Ford Escape production. Currently, the compact Ford crossover outsells its Lincoln-branded sibling by about 12-to-1, and more than 5,000 hourly workers are coming in round-the-clock to keep up with demand for the two models.

However, after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford met with president-elect Donald Trump, the automaker decided to keep production of the Lincoln MKC in Kentucky for the time being. Whether Mr. Trump actually influenced the decision or not is uncertain. UAW Louisville President Todd Dunn told Bloomberg: “I’ll let each individual reach their own conclusions, but the true answer should be clear to anyone. What is important is the transparency between Ford Motor Co. and the UAW.

“We’re doing a good job and that wasn’t decided in an overnight tweet.”

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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