Following the onset of the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike in mid-September, Ford wound up laying off thousands of workers at a variety of its plants via multiple waves over the course of several weeks. However, after it reached a tentative agreement on a new master contract late last month that includes major product and plant investments, Ford has been working to bring those laid-off workers back to the job site, a process that’s still ongoing, according to the Detroit Free Press.
This time around, Ford has brought back 566 workers who were laid off as a result of the UAW strike, which consists of 346 employees at the Livonia Transmission Plant, 165 at the Sterling Axle Plant, and 55 at the Rawsonville Components Plant. Late last month, The Blue Oval recalled 210 laid off workers at the Chicago Stamping Plant, 100 at the Dearborn Stamping Plant, 65 at the Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant, 184 at the Lima Engine Plant, 10 workers at the Livonia Transmission Plant, 660 at the Sharonville Transmission Plant, and 120 at the Sterling Axle Plant.
According to Ford spokesman Dan Barbossa, 98 percent of Blue Oval workers have returned to their jobs thus far. A total of 45 employees at the Chicago Stamping Plant have not come back as of this writing, while 372 workers at the Cleveland Engine plant have not been called back to work by the automaker yet.
Meanwhile, the UAW is working to ratify its tentative agreement with Ford by taking a member vote at each facility, a process that’s expected to be completed by mid-November. So far, every plant has voted in favor of the proposed contract, a list that includes the Chicago Assembly Plant, Michigan Assembly Plant, Buffalo Stamping Plant, and Kansas City Assembly Plant.