UAW leaders make push for Ford contract

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Posted: Nov 18, 2015 12:22 PM

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Leaders of the United Auto Workers are making a push for the union's proposed contract with Ford, which is heading for defeat in votes at Ford's plants.

The union's chief Ford negotiator, Jimmy Settles, said Wednesday that with 75 percent of workers voting, the contract is failing by a 52-48 percent margin. Voting ends Friday.

The agreement raises wages for all of Ford's 53,000 hourly workers and guarantees $9 billion in investments in U.S. plants. But some members say it raises pay too slowly and doesn't replace enough of what was lost in previous contracts.

Settles says he understands members' frustration, but has to keep Ford competitive.

Ford is the last Detroit automaker to negotiate. Fiat Chrysler workers ratified a contract. General Motors' contract has yet to be ratified.