Following extensive negotiations, Ford made a significant offer on the upcoming contract with the UAW, which provides hourly employees with 15% guaranteed combined wage increases, lump sums, and better benefits over the contract’s term.
In addition to the $92,000 wages and bonuses, workers would receive $17,500 in health care coverage and an additional $20,500 in the first year, according to a press release.
In a statement attributed to Jim Farley, “Ford has surpassed its obligations to invest and add employment throughout the last three contracts, most notably creating or retaining 5,600 additional UAW-represented positions than the 8,500 we first promised and investing $1.4 billion more than we initially promised during the 2019 contract.”
At the top compensation rate, full-time permanent Ford employees may earn $98,000 in wages, cost-of-living adjustment bonuses, ratification bonuses, profit sharing, and overtime in the first year.
“This offer is much better than what employees at Tesla and other foreign manufacturers with U.S. operations earn,” said Farley.
Furthermore, every UAW employee will have the chance to develop their careers with Ford and join the company permanently, earning good middle-class salaries and benefits. Ford’s proposal eliminates wage tiers, accelerates the growth period to reach the top salary rate by 25%, gives temporary workers a 20% pay boost, and gives them the same ratification bonus as permanent workers. This allows all employees to obtain salaries that are among the highest in the industry. Ford employs between 2% and 3% of temporary workers hourly, the lowest among the Detroit 3.