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Supporters of United Auto Staff (UAW) presidential candidate Will Lehman spoke with employees on the Ford Louisville, Kentucky Meeting plant Friday in regards to the current threats to the way forward for the manufacturing unit.

A November 3 article revealed by Automotive Information declared that “the long run is unsure” for the Louisville plant and its 4,000 employees, in reference to threats made by Ford CEO Jim Farley, who positioned a query mark over the task of future manufacturing to the manufacturing unit forward of the 2023 contract negotiations with the United Auto Staff.

Throughout the 2019 contract negotiations, Normal Motors (GM) threatened to close down 5 crops, utilizing the lives of 1000’s of employees as a bargaining chip to demand huge concessions. Within the occasion, three crops have been shut down whereas the Ford, with the help of the UAW, was in a position impose a concessionary contract that met none of employees’ primary calls for.

The Automotive Information article added that different crops have been on the chopping block. Louisville Meeting gained’t be the one plant on the heart of subsequent 12 months’s talks. The futures of GM’s Chevrolet Malibu plant in Kansas Metropolis, Kansas, and Stellantis’ Jeep Cherokee plant in Belvidere, Illinois, are also up within the air.” 

In an open letter to the employees at Louisville Meeting, Lehman declared, “Removed from defending jobs, the UAW is overtly collaborating of their destruction. Ford is shutting the Romeo Engine plant outdoors of Detroit based mostly on the 2019 UAW-Ford contract. Stellantis (Chrysler) has slashed jobs at Trenton Engine, Warren Truck and the Warren and Sterling stamping crops—all within the Detroit space.”

He continued, “This company terrorism have to be halted! I name for the complete mobilization of all rank-and-file employees within the UAW to halt any additional layoffs or concessions. It’s time to draw a line within the sand: The rights of employees should take priority over personal revenue!”

David, an electrician at Louisville Meeting [Photo: WSWS]