Just yesterday, we reported that Ford Motor Company has decided to built two future EV crossovers – one Ford and one Lincoln, codenamed CDX746 and CDX747, respectively – alongside the Ford Mustang Mach-E at the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant in Mexico. Though this was the original plan, the automaker has changed its mind a few times over the last couple of years, most recently targeting the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant for the new EV production. Now, the latest switch has attracted the ire of the United Autoworkers Union (UAW).
The head of the UAW-Ford department, Gerald Kariem, sent a letter to workers at the Ohio plant accusing Ford of “corporate greed,” saying the automaker had promised to produce a new product at the plant before the current labor contract ends in 2023.
“Unfortunately, Ford Motor Co. has decided it will not honor its promise to add a new product to OHAP and, instead, it intends to build the next-generation vehicle in Mexico,” Kariem wrote in the letter. “Ford management expects us to just hang our heads and accept the decision. But let me be clear, we are making a different choice. We 100 percent reject the company’s decision to put corporate greed and more potential projects over American jobs and the future of our members. We expect the company to honor its contractual commitments to this membership and when it fails to do so we will take action.”
Ford’s current contract with the UAW states that the automaker will invest $900 million in the Ohio plant and build a “next-generation product” beginning in 2023. Following the contract ramification in 2019, Ford shifted its EV production plans from the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant to the Ohio facility before deciding to move production of both EVs to Mexico.
“Ford Motor Co. believes in the Ohio Assembly Plant workforce, our state, and local government officials, and the communities of Avon Lake, Sheffield Lake, and Sheffield Village,” Plant Manager Jason Moore said in a letter. “The company has affirmed that commitment with the investment and additional full-time positions referenced previously. I firmly believe that this, coupled with our history of successful new product launches, has put us in a position to provide a significant advantage to the company’s competitiveness in the Commercial Vehicle segment.”