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Here’s What Ford Is Currently Offering The UAW

Ford’s negotiations with the on-strike United Auto Workers (UAW) have seemingly hit the proverbial wall as of late, with the automaker noting that it has reached the limit of what it can offer the union at the moment. For now, the major barriers to a new contract are the UAW’s desire to include future EV plants in that document, as well as achieving beefed-up retirement benefits. Regardless, the UAW opted not to expand its strike against Ford last week – though it did walk out of Stellantis’ Sterling Heights Assembly Plant yesterday – but the automaker continues to lay off workers impacted by current closures. Now, the UAW has revealed what FoMoCo and its counterparts are currently offering it, giving us a better view of how these negotiations are proceeding.

Ford UAW Strike Negotiations Update Wages


Currently, all three automakers are offering a 23 percent pay increase over four and a half years, though it seems as if the union isn’t done asking for more just yet. “At all three companies, as of this week, we have a 23 percent raise on the table,” said UAW President Shawn Fain. “That’s up from 20 percent just a few days ago, and up from 9 percent when they made their first offer. The companies kept saying they hit their limit, and then their limit went up. We think there’s more ground to gain.”

Ford UAW Strike Negotiations Update Wage Tiers

Wage Tiers

Ford has proposed eliminating wage tiers are its Rawsonville and Sterling plants, though the union is seeking to end them across the board. “At all three companies, we have killed massive wage tiers,” Fain said. “This is a major win and has been a major priority. We believe in equal pay for equal work. At Stellantis, Mopar workers will make production wages. At GM, CCA and GMCH workers will make production wages. At Ford, Sterling Axle and Rawsonville workers will make production wages. This represents huge raises for those members and will end the toxic wage tier divide among these members.”

Ford UAW Strike Negotiations Update Wage Progression

Wage Progression

In terms of the time it takes UAW workers to reach the top tier of wages, Ford and GM are proposing three years and Stellantis four, though the union wants these reduced to just 90 days. “We started these negotiations with a ridiculous eight-year progression, Fain said. “At Ford, we got it down to a three-year progression, where it was in the mid-1990s. At Stellantis, they’re still stuck on a four-year progression. At GM, they want to two-tier the progression, with three years for all current employees, and four years for future hires. Obviously, that is not going to fly. If Ford can do it, so can GM and Stellantis, and we are not adding a new tier.”

Ford UAW Strike Negotiations Update COLA


Ford is proposing that a cost of living increase be restored to the same level it was at in 2009, before it was eliminated. “At Ford, we have won the COLA formula back to where it was in 2009 – something we were told was impossible,” Fain said. “At GM, we’re really close, with some tweaks left to be made. At Stellantis, we’ve still got a deficient COLA formula on the table, that doesn’t kick-in for the first year.”

Ford UAW Strike Negotiations Update Profit Sharing

Profit Sharing

In terms of profit sharing, Ford wants to move to total company profits for its formula, which meets the union’s ask. “At all three companies, we’ve been able to beat back concessionary profit-sharing proposals,” Fain said. “At Ford, we’ve actually enhanced the formula, and temporary workers with 90 days of service will now be eligible. At GM, we’ve maintained profit sharing, but added eligibility for temporary workers with 1,000 hours on the job. At Stellantis, we’ve maintained, but haven’t yet won eligibility for temporary workers.”

Ford UAW Strike Negotiations Update Temps

Temporary Workers

Ford has proposed making its current temp workers permanent within 90 days, along with giving them a pay boost. “We’re fighting to end the abuse of so-called temporary workers who make lower wages, have fewer rights, and little job security,” Fain said. “At Ford, we’ve raised the temp wage to $21 an hour, and won conversion of all current temps with 90 days of service. At GM, we’ve also hit $21 an hour for temps, with all the temps who have a year in getting immediately converted to full time. At Stellantis, the temp wage is still at $20 an hour, and we’re going to convert thousands of temps. At all three, we’re still negotiating a pathway for future temps to get converted to end the abuse of these members. We’re fighting hard to win language across the Big Three that will make sure that temporary work is just that – temporary.”

Ford UAW Strike Negotiations Update Job Security

Job Security

Ford is offering to let UAW workers strike over plant closures, which is not something GM is keen to do “One of our biggest proposals on job security has been the right to strike over plant closures,” Fain said. “They can’t keep closing plants without any consequences. At Ford and Stellantis, we’ve won that right. We will keep our jobs secure with the most powerful weapon we have, the strike threat. At GM, the company still won’t grant it.”

Ford UAW Strike Negotiations Update Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance

In terms of work life balance, all three automakers are willing to provide more time off, too. “At all three companies, we’ve won an additional holiday, Juneteenth, and two weeks of paid parental leave, a first for our members at the Big Three.”

Ford UAW Strike Negotiations Update Retirement


Finally, we have the topic of retirement, with all three companies proposing similar changes. “We know we need to fix our broken retirement system at the Big Three,” Fain said. “All three companies are now offering a $3 increase to the pension multiplier, and boosting the 401k, though GM lags behind. Ford and Stellantis are offering a 9.5 percent employer contribution to the 401k, and GM is offering just 8 percent. For current retirees, Ford is offering a $250 annual lump sum payment, and GM just a one-time $1,000 lump sum. Stellantis isn’t offering anything on that front.”

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  1. Mortimer Duke

    Ford’s next offer to UAW should be the exit.

    1. Don

      These employees just may be going sown the road kicking their lunchboxes. Be careful what you ask for!

    2. Justin Time

      Pay workers who Are Your Business, the Wages they need and deserve. The CEOs, CFOs, and upper Management Team are the only ones reaping the rewards of the workers hard work. Time to recognize who a company really is…Not just the figureheads at the top !

      1. Alfred

        Its a lot more difficult to run a company successfully than it is to do a basically entry level job. CEOs are not just figureheads.

        1. Jebus

          Bootlick much?

  2. Anonymous

    Right to strike over plant closures? No way. The UAW has no right to tell the automakers they cannot close a plant. If financial conditions or product mix makes a plant obsolete, that’s just unfortunately how it goes. Plants cannot stay open forever, and it’s strictly a business decision that Ford (or GM or Stellantis) needs to make without the UAW intervening.

    1. Anonymous

      Wrong!!! Do not close plants to send work out of country!

  3. SCEcoBoost

    They’re all rolling over and caving. First, I said I wouldn’t pay ridiculous prices due to the “supplies shortage”, then the “EV Pivot” and now an absurdly generous contract. Bye, bye Ford if need be.

    1. Michael J Genzale

      Well if you’re say bye to Ford, then your saying bye to GM and Chrysler because they will all end up with about the same contract, that’s the UAW way.
      The bigger question is, ‘when is enough…enough?’
      Increases in every aspect. A UAW win
      Most important is increase far and above the rate of inflation PLUS COLA, so take home pay increase is real, not just keeping pace.
      UAW, give it a rest. It’s only a 4 year contract. You can break their balls again 4 years from now!

  4. Bob

    When you negotiate it is supposed to be a win-win scenario, what exactly is the UAW giving up?

    1. Ed

      Listen Bob. Go back to 2007 and how much did you make? Either hourly of salary. I bet it quite a bit more now. Right? Well I make about $4 more an hour today than I did in 2007. Not that much more is it. Well Bob do you see now what we gave up? We the UAW aren’t giving up anything this time, we are getting back some of what we lost. So know facts before you make stupid comments.

      1. Alfred

        Hopefully they wont replace you with a robot. A Tesla robot maybe?

    2. Justin Time

      The UAW workers already gave up a lot. Stagnant Pay, as costs for everything rise, no respect for building the vehicles that make the Company. Even Henry Ford, as ruthless as he was, recognized the workers need to make enough to buy the vehicles they were making , and have time off enough to enjoy the money they made.

    3. Chris

      Membership gave up alot back in 2008 to help keep these companies afloat with the promise of it all coming back after the recession was over. Not one thing did the companies give back to the membership. They lied so now we ask for it back after record profits yr after yr. Were not asking for anything more then what was promised to us 15yrs ago.

  5. CJ

    I’m in the printing business, and I remember when all the inks where made here good times, Now 89% comes from over seas. It is terrible but big corporations are moving out, we need to support our companies and keep them here for us, I have an order for the Maverick that truck is going to be made in Mexico, why not here! as every F-150

    1. Alfred

      If you want to support U.S. companies then you should have bought that F150 Instead.

    2. Yoyo

      Is not going to be made in the US because us have a bunch of weed heads and crack heads making the cars

  6. Dave Schoenherr

    There should be a clause in there that QUALITY has to improve to a certain level to make all these demands happen.

    1. ownaford

      Sure! That clause can be made possible if Ford makes it’s vendors manufacture quality parts. These parts are only assembled by UAW employees and manufactured by non-union employees. Bring back manufacturing into the hands of a union employee so that there is more control over quality. UAW employees have always strived to build quality vehicles, but management is only concerned with numbers even if there is a quality issue, so there is no stopping the line for a quality issue, if you do, you get threatened with discipline.

  7. Fah Q

    To many ads

  8. T. Coley

    UAW keep pushing, prices go up on vehicles, people can’t afford pricing on vehicles, don’t sell vehicles, companies fold up. Why can’t you people at the Big 3 and the UAW we are heading into a recession. Life is tough all over this country. 70,000.00 for a vehicle is already ridiculous. Think of The Everyday WORKING MAN

    1. ownaford

      Currently w/o a new contract, employee costs are 6% of the cost of the vehicle. Blame the high price on the companies goal to make the shareholders richer.

  9. Dennis Messer

    Take more of Ford out show them you are willing to go further.

  10. Todd Warriner

    In the twelve months ending June 30th 2023 The Ford Motor Co. Made a gross profit of 25.5 billion dollars, if they would have given each of there 57,000 hourly workers an $80,000.00 a year raise the still would have made a profit of 21.7 billion dollars.

  11. Nancy Mackey

    I will never buy an American made car again. Screw you Shawn

    1. ownaford

      Why?? Because he’s making it easier for UAW employees to feed their families??

  12. Janie Mae Young

    President Fain
    Thank You!

  13. Tony

    You can fight all you want. It doesn’t matter. UAW / Navistar had a 6 year contract, taking concessions for the supposed security of a long-term contract. Then the UAW allowed Navistar to close our facility after only 3 years. So we lost 3 years of our contract, and everything we gave up for the first 3 years to get the extended contract. 97% of Membership folded and let them screw us anyway.

  14. Kim

    All I can say is the cost the buy a car is outrageous and leasing is not much better especially with interest rates the way they are.
    Let’s see how many cars get sold in the next 4 years after all the negotiations are over. Hopefully the 1-2 % of the people that have all the wealth in the country can buy a lot of vehicles to make up for the rest of us average people that can not afford them.
    As the saying goes “be careful what you wish for”

  15. Sandra Drury

    BRING BACK THE 300.00 CHRISTMAS BONUS. That would help a lot of people..Offer it to everyone. Workers and Retirees..

  16. Jeff

    All I am hearing from the UAW is take from the rich and give to the poor. That is socialism. I’m not hearing them say fair wages for a honest days work. Just the CEO’s are getting paid too we want part of it. That is socialism. Next someone will want part of your hard saved 401 to give to someone who waisted their money

  17. Jim

    YOU WILL eventually price yourselves out of the market! 70,000 for a vehicle that will last 7 to 10 years!! Take your head out of your asses people!!!

  18. Anonymous

    The way Stellantis treated the temps are terrible. It’s inhumane like low-key slavery. I stayed there thinking I’m getting rolled over, but yea that never happen. We work 7 days straight for 90 days because as they say it was critical. We work like everyone else while making $15.78. You literally had to work seven days to get it a decent check. Than around September they took us off the schedule, no layoff just took us off the schedule. I guess they did that so we can get unemployment. This might have been one of the worst companies I have worked for. The way we was treated was terrible. No profit-sharing no bonuses or anything and work as hard like everyone else. I’m over this company I will not be going back. I wish eveyone the best of luck with everything.

    1. Anonymous

      I’m sorry they took us off the schedule didn’t lay us off, I guess so we can’t get unemployment.


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