Ford recently announced its partnership with the United Auto Workers union toward adding over 6,200 new manufacturing jobs in the Midwest. Additionally, Ford will invest $3.7 billion in the region to prepare for the production of vehicles like the innovative new Mustang.

 

Beyond introducing more jobs, Ford also stated that it has plans to convert 3,000 temporary UAW workers to permanent full-time employment and will support all hourly employees with healthcare coverage starting on the first day of employment.

 

“This announcement is a testament to UAW members who contribute their skill, experience and knowledge to the success of Ford Motor Company,” said UAW President Ray Curry. “We are always advocating to employers and legislators that union jobs are worth the investment. Ford stepped up to the plate by adding these jobs and converting 3,000 UAW members to permanent, full-time status with benefits.”

 

These benefits arrive about a year before the UAW and Ford will begin contract negotiations. That’s when the companies would typically make such announcements. Early as these details may seem, Ford also stated it will invest $1 billion over the next five years to improve the quality of its manufacturing plants. This investment will provide things that UAW members ask for, like more charging ports, improved lighting in the parking lots, healthier food choices, and more.

 

All of these actions are part of the company’s Ford+ growth planning and include details for an all-new global Mustang coupe and Ranger pickup for North America, as well as an all-new electric commercial vehicle for Ford Pro customers.

 

More specifically, in Michigan, almost 2,000 jobs will be introduced to increase production of the F-150 Lightning electric truck at Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn. The company will also produce an all-new Ranger pickup at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, and manufacture an all-new Mustang coupe at Flat Rock Assembly Plant. At the Ohio Assembly Plant, 1,800 workers will be added to assemble an all-new electric commercial vehicle, and 90 jobs will be created at the Lima Engine and Sharonville Transmission plants.


 
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