April 20, 2014

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Local UAW-Ford contract vote extended to Tuesday

AVON LAKE — The vote on a proposed contract between the United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Co. has been extended for members of UAW Local 2000 who work at the Ohio Assembly Plant.

The vote, which was to conclude today at 5 p.m. at Lorain High School, was extended through Tuesday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the plant at 650 Miller Road.

Local 2000 President Jerome Williams said the extension was due to the plant being shut down the last two weeks and some members possibly not being aware of today’s vote.

Williams and nine members of the national union took questions from workers this afternoon. Questions included whether Ford would make good on its commitment to spend $128 million on the plant, how pensions would be affected by the proposed four-year pact and what Ford and the government could do to sell more cars in China and compete with foreign car companies.

Several workers told The Chronicle they voted for the contract — which would create 5,750 U.S. jobs and include $6.2 billion in investments if ratified — despite having some reservations about it.

Bloomberg News reported that the UAW said 57 percent of its rank and file had voted for the contract as of 3 p.m. today.

See Monday’s Chronicle-Telegram for additional details.