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Ford Production Potentially Impacted By Clarios Strike

Ford – along with other automakers building new battery plants – is entering a bit of a new era in that regard, in more ways than one. Aside from making its own EV batteries, the company will also need to deal with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, which is seeking to organize facilities like BlueOval Battery Park Michigan and BlueOval City. That task could prove more difficult given the fact that newly elected UAW president Shawn Fain has promised that tough negotiations are forthcoming, and now, Ford production is being impacted by a strike at the Clarios battery plant in Holland, Ohio, according to Automotive News.

The strike began this week after 400 workers – who are members of UAW Local 12 – voted down a contract proposal. Clarios produces low-voltage batteries for a number of vehicles and is one of the largest such manufacturers on the planet, with 18 plants and 5,800 workers in the U.S. alone. The Toledo plant, specifically, makes batteries for both Ford and General Motors to the tune of between 125,000 and 150,000 units per week.

Contract negotiations between the UAW and Clarios began last month, but thus far, the two entities have had trouble finding common ground. One of the main sticking points is overtime pay, as workers previously received time-and-a-half pay for shifts exceeding eight hours a day, but now, Clarios wants to extend straight pay to 12 hours per day. While the two work out these differences and try to come to an agreement, it seems as if Ford production is bound to suffer in some manner.

“This is really going to hurt their delivery to these companies,” said Bruce Baumhower, president of UAW Local 12. “Toledo is a key location for Clarios and has been a focus of recent investment as we anticipate our ability to competitively support growth and increased customer demand well into the future,” a company spokesperson added.

We’ll have more on this strike soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. whypac

    Why is this a problem? Don’t want to pay OT, don’t make workers work more than 8 hours in a day. Send workers home at the end of their 8 hour shift. Problem solved.

    1. Unknown

      The company is greedy. We have already taken 3 pay cuts. Other workers have been there for years and haven’t received a raise in over 7 years. They want us to receive overtime after working 40 hours when we’re used to getting it after 8 hours of working. Doing dbl backs. Constant force overs after we think we’re going home at the last minute. It’s more to this too. Look up their salaries. This is a Fortune 500 company we don’t even get profit shares or anything. Also we’re never home with our family really. I could go on and on but I wanted to give a better understanding to some points this strike is happening.


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