Union warns Ohio Ford employees that company intends to move new vehicle construction to Mexico

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 18th, 2021 10:54 am

Last Updated Mar 21st, 2021 at 9:25 pm

United Auto Workers warned Ohio Ford employees that the automotive company plans to begin construction of a new vehicle in Mexico, according to a letter made public this week.

UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem accused Ford of not honoring a contract with the union, writing in a letter to Ford employees in Avon Lake, Ohio, that the company will be building its next-generation vehicle in Mexico rather than Ohio.

According to the letter, Ford and the union had a four-year contract deal in which the automotive company had committed $900 million for the Avon Lake assembly plant and planned to add production for a next-generation product in 2023.

"Ford management expects us to just hang our heads and accept the decision," Kariem wrote in the letter. "But let me be clear, we are making a different choice...We 100% reject the company's decision to put corporate greed and more potential profits over American jobs and the future of our members. We expect the company to honor its contractual commitments to this membership and when it fails to do so we will take action."

A Ford spokesperson said the company is still dedicated to the Ohio plant.

"We still plan to invest $6 billion and create and retain 8,500 jobs in America during the course of this four-year contract," the spokesperson said. "We are invested in Ohio Assembly Plant and our dedicated workforce there."


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