Something must happen when a leading US automaker, such as Ford Motor Company, emphasizes its health benefits along with the introduction of a multi-billion dollar new production investment plan with a large focus on electric vehicles. Building and retaining thousands of workers in a hypercompetitive labor market is a good estimate and other factors may play a role.
Other electric vehicles and healthcare
Ford launched its new electric vehicle production plan on June 2. Trade union jobs and health benefits have come to the fore.
“Leaders United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Company today announced plans to add more than 6,200 new jobs in U.S. manufacturing in the Midwest, transform nearly 3,000 UAW-Ford temporary employees into full-time permanent status and provide health benefits to all hourly employees the first day. employment, “Ford said in a press release on June 2.
UAW’s top management has joined the statements on its own website.
UAW Vice President Chuck Browning stressed the health benefits.
“The basic need for quality health care and full-time employment are long-term principles that have been communicated to companies by the UAW International Union and our local UAW unions since our inception,” he said.
“I appreciate Ford Motor Company’s efforts to address these issues outside of collective bargaining. These unprecedented steps taken by Bill Ford Jr. and CEO Jim Farley, are a refreshing and innovative approach to labor relations that brings great benefits when our hard-working members need it most, ”he added.
UAW President Ray Curry also highlighted the health benefits. “We always advocate for employers and legislators that working in unions is worth the investment. Ford added these jobs and converted 3,000 UAW members into a permanent full-time position with benefits, ”he said.
Wait, how many electric vehicles?
To be clear, the new multi-state plan is not just about electric vehicles. As with other older automakers, Ford is still breaking away from fossil fuel operations for centuries. However, electric vehicles gain a large share of love.
The new production plan includes a $ 3.7 billion round of investment in factories in Ohio, Michigan and Missouri. In addition to creating 6,200 new jobs in these facilities, Ford also expects a knock-on effect of a total of 74,000 jobs for non-Ford companies in the United States.
A good $ 2 billion of the overall plan goes to Michigan, where Ford will create 2,000 new jobs at three assembly plants. One of them, the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, will increase production of the popular Ford F-150 Lightning fully electric pickup truck to 150,000 units per year.
Electric vehicles are also in the mix in Missouri, where a relatively modest investment of $ 95 million and the creation of 1,100 union jobs will set in motion a third shift at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant. This will allow Ford to increase production of its new E-Transit EV, as well as a more familiar version of the popular Transit ICE van.
The plan includes “mysterious” commercial electric vehicles
Perhaps the most interesting part of the plan is the $ 1.5 billion targeting Ohio, where Ford will create 1,800 union jobs at the Ohio assembly plant over the next few years for a “brand new EV utility vehicle.”
Interesting! If you have any idea what this “brand new EV commercial vehicle” could be, write to us in the comments.
Maybe it has something to do with the Oshkosh Defense contract for new US Postal Service vehicles, or maybe it doesn’t. On the other hand, last summer Detroit Free Press announced that Ford will supply Oshkosh gearboxes for its postal service contract for the production of battery – powered electric vehicles and ICE models. Maybe it inspired Ford to look for new opportunities in the field of commercial EVs.
Whatever it is, Ford has not said yet, although it has indicated that the new commercial EV will fit into the company’s Ford Pro service package, which it presents to fleet managers switching to electric vehicles. Based on a Ford press release of May 23, we believe a medium-sized moving or van could be at work.
“Ford Pro also helps government agencies and companies of all sizes do their job to address the urgency of climate change and helps accelerate progress towards a sustainable future by showing them the clear benefits of the electric ecosystem,” Ford said, referring to the recent launch. relationship between other partners between Ford Pro and Penske Truck Leasing.
How about some pregnancy rights with your healthy food?
It is no secret how Ford managed to gain the support of the UAW leadership. Ford seems to have done its homework and taken the next step to attract and retain more hourly workers in a challenging environment.
Continued labor shortages can be particularly challenging for the manufacturing sector, where teleworking is not possible. Instead, Ford’s production plan includes a $ 1 billion workplace upgrade.
“As a result of discussions with UAW, Ford is taking steps to identify and address key employee needs and needs. Potential improvements include better access to healthy food, new chargers for electric cars in race car parks, better parking lighting and more, ”explains Ford.
Providing health benefits to hourly workers is an important part of the plan and should have a significant impact on Ford’s ability to attract workers who would otherwise seek opportunities for work from home, self-employment or concert work.
The June 2 announcement does not outline the details of the health care plan, but Ford’s overall emphasis on health benefits for hourly workers could put the company in a relatively interesting position if and when the Republican Supreme Court dismisses 50-year-old Roe. v. Wade decisions and other precedents that support the right of pregnant women to manage their own pregnancies without state or community police.
Roe V. Wade’s leaked draft decision has already affected human resource planning across the country. Two dozen Republicans controlled by state legislatures have already passed or drafted “trigger laws” that severely restrict pregnancy rights. This includes Missouri and Ohio, with Michigan holding back only Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s veto.
“The most convincing economic decision a woman makes in her life is whether and when to have a child,” and if you take a job in Michigan and you no longer have the right to do so, it will be difficult for us to say. Michigan is a place you should come and organize your life, “Governor Whitmer told bilateral politicians earlier this week.
Last fall, Ford announced the creation of 11,000 new jobs in collaboration with battery maker SK He in two other states where the rights of pregnant people are threatened, Tennessee and Kentucky.
There is no talk yet about whether or not Ford is taking action, but other corporations have laid the groundwork to increase their support for pregnancy rights through their health plans, especially by including travel benefits to countries where there is an agency for pregnant people. respected and protected by law.
At the time of writing, corporations seem to be primarily interested in protecting their full-time employees. The safeguards for part-time and hourly employees could also be prepared once the final version of the Roe v Wade decision is published.
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Photo: Electric vehicles highlighted in the new production investment plan, courtesy of Ford Motor Co.
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