Ford, UAW reach deal to avert strike at Kentucky truck plant

A United Auto Workers (UAW) local union, UAW Local 62, and Ford have reached a deal to avert a strike at a Louisville, Ky., truck plant.

The deal comes as the UAW union said nearly 9,000 autoworkers threatened to strike Friday at Ford’s most profitable plant that produces SUVs and pickups.

Ford was “pleased to have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract,” according to a statement provided Wednesday to The Hill.

The UAW said “local issues” related to “skilled trades, ergonomics and health & safety” were addressed with the deal. The union added that contracts with three major automakers — Stellantis, General Motors and Ford — are still in negotiations.

Local agreements are different from the national contracts the UAW struck in 2023. Ford lost $1.7 billion in profits following a six-week UAW strike late last year.

The automaker’s Louisville plant, one of the two in the state, produces F-Series pickup trucks, Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

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