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Ford to add 635 jobs at 9 U.S. plants

BY BRENT SNAVELY

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

Ford said today it plans to bring 1,975 jobs in-house to its plants across the U.S. instead of at plants operated by suppliers that, in some cases, are in Mexico and Japan.

“We’re bringing jobs home to America,” Mark Fields, president of the Americas, said in prepared remarks provided to the Detroit Free Press in advance of a speech he is making this morning at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City.

Already, Ford said it has brought 1,340 jobs normally done by suppliers into 24 U.S. plants. With its announcement today, Ford said it plans to bring another 635 to nine Ford plants in the U.S. by 2012.

By insourcing the work, Ford said it will exceed commitments it made to the UAW in 2007 by 25%.

Ford said that bringing the work inside its own plants made financial sense because of the UAW’s willingness to collaborate and reach competitive labor agreements.

“Our UAW partners have found new ways of working together on labor agreements that allow us to bring jobs back to Ford plants and back to America,” Mark Fields, president of the Americas, said in prepared remarks provided to the Detroit Free Press in advance of a speech he is making this morning at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City.

The jobs include work at three plants in Michigan. They are:

• Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne for moon roof sub-assembly, instrument panel assembly and part kitting for engine, doors and interior trim. Ford is spending $550 million to retool that plant to build the company’s new Ford Focus, which will arrive in dealerships early next year.

• Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights for production of the automatic transmissions and electric drive transaxles. That work is currently performed by a supplier in Japan.

• Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti for battery-pack assembly for hybrid-electric vehicles. That work is currently performed by a supplier in Mexico.

Ford, along with all automakers, reached a landmark labor agreement with the UAW in 2007 and modified the contract in 2009.

However, Ford did not get all of the concessions last year that its domestic rivals, General Motors and Chrysler, won as they restructured through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In November, Ford’s hourly workers rejected a proposal for additional modifications, such as a limited no-strike clause, that was designed to match Ford’s labor contract with GM and Chrysler’s contract.

UAW President Bob King, who complimented Ford earlier this week for working with the UAW, also has criticized Ford for restoring merit pay for salaried workers without restoring merit pay for salaried workers without offering an equal restoration of pay or benefits to hourly workers.

Fields, on Tuesday, told reporters that Ford does not plan to reopen its contract with the UAW before the agreement expires next year and said Ford is not at a competitive disadvantage.

“We have viewed them as partners for a long period of time and that’s why we’ve been able to make a lot of progress,” Fields said. “For the most part, when you look at our agreements, we have very similar agreements.”

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FORD “IN-SOURCING” ANOTHER 635 UAW JOBS

By Drew Johnson

Ford has announced it will create another 635 factory jobs by 2012 by “in-sourcing” work currently done by suppliers both inside and outside of the United States. Part of the 2007 UAW-Ford Collective Bargaining Agreement, the new jobs will be spread across nine of Ford’s U.S. plants.

Ford has already created about 1,340 new jobs as a result of that collective bargaining agreement, and will add approximately 635 new positions as it looks to bring some of its outside supplier jobs in-house.

“The name of the game is competitiveness, and our UAW partners have found new ways of working together on labor agreements that allow us to bring jobs back to Ford plants and back to America,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas.

Ford’s original agreement called for 1,559 UAW to be “in-sourced” between 2008 and 2012. Ford has already created about 1,340 new jobs and will far exceed that original target with its latest announcement.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/ford-in-sourcing-another-635-uaw-jobs.html

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Ford to bring 635 additional supplier jobs to own plants

Charles Child

Automotive News -- August 4, 2010 - 9:01 am ET

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. plans to bring an additional 635 workers into its plants by 2012 to perform work now done by supplier employees in and outside the United States.

The hiring is made possible by working with the UAW to make Ford plants more competitive, the automaker said in a statement today.

Under the 2007 agreement between the union and the company, Ford has already added 1,340 jobs to Ford plants.

Moreover, Ford says it will exceed its pledge to “in-source” jobs at its plants under the agreement. The agreement called for 1,559 in-sourced jobs. Through 2012, Ford says it will add 1,975.

Here are a few examples of where jobs will be in-sourced:

• Chicago Stamping plant, to produce parts of the Lincoln MKS, Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer.

• Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., for assembly of battery packs for next-generation hybrid vehicles. The work is now performed by a supplier in Mexico.

• Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., for moon roof sub assembly and other work.

Mark Fields, the automaker's president for the Americas, made the announcement at the CAR Management Briefings Seminar in Traverse City, Mich.

He said the company will "absolutely" look at adding more than the 635 positions announced today.

Said Fields: "The most competitive partner will win the business."

Crisis collaboration

The crisis in the auto industry forced a new level of collaboration between the union and automakers, UAW President Bob King said earlier in the week.

“Our goal is to have viable, long-term successful companies,” King told reporters at the conference Monday. The “way to get our membership back and growing is for the companies to be growing sales, volume and market share. That’s what our focus is.”

Ford also started hiring workers at the new entry-level wage of about $14 an hour at the Chicago assembly plant where the 2011 Explorer will be made, Fields told reporters yesterday at the conference.

The hiring started “a couple of weeks ago,” he said.

President Barack Obama, who toured GM and Chrysler plants in Detroit on Friday, plans to tour the Chicago plant on Thursday.

Ford said in January it was adding 1,200 jobs and a second shift at the plant. Fields said the workers are the first Ford has hired under the new two-tier wage system, agreed to in 2007, which starts at about half the amount paid to hourly production workers hired previously.

The auto industry is emerging from a tough period, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm said in a speech at the conference.

“What a difference a year makes,” said Granholm, a Democrat. “We can’t claim victory yet, but I’m really pleased we’ve started to emerge from a very, very difficult period of time.”

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100804/OEM/100809933/1129#ixzz0vgITvuYf

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Fields: Ford will bring more jobs in-house

Jason Stein

Automotive News -- August 4, 2010 - 7:01 pm ET

Ford Motor Co. is increasing its commitment to "in-source" jobs at its U.S. plants, bringing work in-house that formerly was done by its suppliers' plants in the United States, Mexico and elsewhere.

Ford says it will bring an additional 635 workers into nine plants by 2012. That will exceed by 25 percent the number of jobs it pledged to in-source at its plants under the 2007 labor agreement with the UAW, Mark Fields, the automaker's president of the Americas, said at the seminars here today.

The UAW agreement called for 1,559 jobs to be in-sourced to Ford hourly workers throughout the four-year term of the contract.

Ford already has added 1,340 jobs to 24 U.S. plants. By 2012 it will have added a total of 1,975, the automaker says.

Ford will bring back workers who were on indefinite layoff and hire entry-level hourly employees who will be brought in at lower wages.

"We will work on a combination of the two groups," Fields said. "We are growing our business; we are growing our market share. That gives us the opportunity to hire."

He said the company will "absolutely" look at adding more than the 635 positions.

"Could there be more? We'll look at it," Fields said. "The most competitive partner will win the business."

The hiring is made possible by working with the UAW to make Ford plants more competitive, Fields said.

"The UAW has worked with us closely on a more competitive agreement that helped us create the business case for moving more work back to Ford facilities," he said.

Fields gave a few examples of where jobs will be in-sourced:

• The Chicago Stamping plant, to produce parts of the Lincoln MKS and Ford Taurus sedans and the Ford Explorer crossover.

• The Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., for assembly of battery packs for next-generation hybrid vehicles. The work is now done by a supplier in Mexico.

• The Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Mich., for moonroof subassembly and other work.

Fields also said Ford is "still trying to define" the size of the industry.

"What is the new normal? We're still not sure," he said. "We do know that consumer purchasing habits have changed. The new normal is faster. There is no going back to a slower speed."

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100804/OEM01/100809905/1129#ixzz0vjdVHMwm

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Ford brings jobs back to plants

Majority are coming to state, Fields says

BY BRENT SNAVELY

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

Michigan is the biggest beneficiary of Ford's decision to bring 1,975 jobs into its plants to do work previously performed by suppliers.

Ford said Wednesday it has already added 1,340 jobs under the plan and expects to add another 635 at nine plants by 2012.

"More than a majority are coming back here to Michigan," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas.

Ford said 750 of the jobs already added are at Michigan plants and 385 of the future jobs will be added in Michigan.

In some cases, the work was done by suppliers overseas in countries such as India, Japan and Mexico.

"We're bringing jobs home to America," Fields said during a speech at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City.

Ford said some of the jobs will be filled by workers on indefinite layoff and some could be newly hired workers at a second-tier wage of a little more than $14 per hour.

The plants in Michigan that are benefitting include:

• Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne for moon roof sub-assembly, instrument panel assembly and packaging engines, doors and interior trim.

• Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Sterling Heights for production of automatic transmissions and electric drive transaxles for work done by a supplier in Japan.

• Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti for battery-pack assembly for hybrid-electric vehicles, work done by Delphi in Mexico.

Other plants include Woodhaven Forge, Dearborn Truck Plant and Dearborn Engine Plant.

On Monday, UAW President Bob King said gaining jobs through insourcing agreements is a key way the UAW can gain workers and praised Ford for the insourcing agreements in the 2007 contract.

"That's like an assembly plant," King said of the total number of jobs promised. "It's work that we've brought back in-house by working together, making the business case together."

Ford is expected to be the first company picked for labor talks next year when the UAW's four-year labor agreement expires with all three domestic automakers.

Fields said Wednesday's announcement had nothing to do with next year's labor talks.

"It all comes back to ... having a good working relationship and focusing on what it means to be competitive," he said.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100805/BUSINESS01/8050361/1210/business01/Ford-brings-jobs-back-to-plants

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