As the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike recently passed the one-month mark, both Ford and the union are not only negotiating a deal behind closed doors, but the two sides continue to battle it out in the court of public opinion as well. Just yesterday, FoMoCo chairman Bill Ford noted that this showdown shouldn’t be about the automaker versus the UAW, but rather, called for the sides to work together against a more common threat – their non-unionized rivals such as Toyota, Honda, Tesla, and Chinese automakers. Now, UAW President Shawn Fain has criticized those remarks via a post on the social media platform X.
UAW PRESIDENT SHAWN FAIN’S RESPONSE TO COMMENTS MADE TODAY BY FORD MOTOR COMPANY EXECUTIVE CHAIR, BILL FORD
“Bill Ford knows exactly how to settle this strike. Instead of threatening to close the Rouge, he should call up Jim Farley, tell him to stop playing games and get a deal…
— UAW (@UAW) October 16, 2023
“Bill Ford knows exactly how to settle this strike,” Fain wrote. “Instead of threatening to close the Rouge, he should call up Jim Farley, tell him to stop playing games and get a deal done, or we’ll close the Rouge for him. It’s not the UAW and Ford against foreign automakers. It’s autoworkers everywhere against corporate greed. If Ford wants to be the all-American auto company, they can pay all-American wages and benefits. Workers at Tesla, Toyota, Honda, and others are not the enemy – they’re the UAW members of the future. Ford’s ability to invest in the future isn’t just a talking point…if we lose it…many jobs will be lost…we’ll lose factories like the one we’re in here today.”
Fain is referring to Ford’s decision to temporarily cut one shift from Ford F-150 Lightning production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, which it stated is happening due to supply chain constraints and isn’t related to the ongoing UAW strike. Last week, the union surprised Ford by walking out of the Kentucky Truck Plant – a move that affected 13 other facilities – and has led to a total of 2,480 layoffs since the strike began in mid-September.