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New UAW Deal Or Even Strike Could Prove Costly For Ford

Over the past several weeks, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has been working on negotiating a new contract with Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, a process that admittedly hasn’t gotten very far, even as a September 14th deadline looms before a strike could occur. To date, the UAW has revealed that it’s seeking a 40 percent pay increase, the end of tiered pay systems, a cap on temporary workers, the reintroduction of cost of living increases, and a four-day, 32-hour full-time work week, though Ford’s initial offer to the union didn’t quite come close to meeting these demands. However, according to CNBC, whether FoMoCo manages to reach a deal with the UAW or potentially deal with a strike, it could prove costly for the automaker either way.

For starters, Mad Money host Jim Cramer notes that the automaker’s profits – and stock price – are likely to suffer if it ultimately concedes and gives the UAW the pay increase it’s seeking. “When you’re investing in stocks, unions are the opposition – more money for workers means less money for you, the shareholder,” Cramer said. These wage increases could cost Ford a “meaningful chunk of their profits,” not to mention a good bit of inventory and sales, just as supply chain issues have begun to ease.

According to Wells Fargo analysts, if Ford gives the UAW just some of what it’s seeking – double-digit wage increases, cost of living adjustments, and the end of tiered wage systems – it could cost around $2.2-$3.2 billion, with Ford taking on upwards of $8 billion in extra costs if it agrees to all of the union’s demands. Morgan Stanley added that these costs could be pushed down to the customer as well. “Overall supply is still considered tight by historical standards,” and a strike “could prolong supply shortages, driving new and used prices higher,” analysts said.

However, a strike could also prove to be a nightmare situation for automakers as well. “Production and the EV roadmap could be pushed out into 2024 and delays would be on the horizon at this crucial period for GM, Ford, and Stellantis,” said Wedbush analysts. A strike “could impact earnings by $400 million to $500 million per week of production impact for each OEM, for a total of $1.4 billion per week,” said Deutsche Bank analysts “We believe U.S. auto stocks could come under further pressure over the next month, as investors worry about the eventual cost of the labor agreement for the automakers and the impact from potential labor strike on OEMs.”

We’ll have more on Ford’s contract negotiations with the UAW 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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Comments

  1. Buck

    Ford made 8 billion alone on the F150 last year. If Ford would stop this none sense of lower volume at higher price and just build the cars people want at a decent price they’d have no worry. I’m never going to buy a EV and if Fords price and quality keep going in the same direction I’ll be buy another brand vehicle not anything from the so called big 3. And that is a shame I’ve bought only Ford for 30 plus years.

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  2. John Tedrow

    Wondering now………. If I’m waiting another year for a new Truck?? First order was for F-450 Platinum in October of 22. No truck delivered. Ordered a 24 Lariat Ultimate in July 23. Now have 2 trucks on order, No Vin and clean schedule, meaning nothing has happened!!
    Strike looming……. Fingers crossed, not to optimistic!!

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  3. hot toddy

    the union wants a bigger piece of the industry but then wants guarantees that if the indusrty tanks under the weight of it’s demands they will not be held responsible for it’s demise. The consumer and dealers will have to absorb this with higher prices. Nothing new to see here

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    1. Gino

      That interesting “The weight of its demands.” when only 5% of cost of a vehicle is labor, maybe Ford should look towards making quality vehicles that the general public wants, style, design and engineering are not the responsibility of the workers in the factories. If general public does not buy Ford Products it not because of the so called Weight of the demands..Being #1 in recalls for two years running will create a down turn for any manufacturer!! Who should take a pay cut for those decisions!

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  4. Terri Brown

    This article makes it appear that workers want 40% up front, not over the span of the contract. . And like this COLA was never heard of before instead of saying the workers generously gave their COLA so Ford could stay afloat (supposedly) years back. Then Ford just neglected to reinstate it once they were not in the “red”. So now workers are fighting to reinstate COLA that should be automatic. And this total BS about the workers bankrupting the company lmfao. They’re kidding right? How bout starting at the tip. There is no CEO worth $25 to $50 MILLION ANNUALLY! Drop that inflated salary to $1 MILLION ANNUALLY and use the proceeds to compensate the ones behind the progress! Problem solved!!

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