But here's the rub: the reason Ford is adding those jobs (most at the lower-tier wage scale) is because this contract keeps the company competitive with GM and other automakers building cars here in North America.
This means Ford is basically giving the UAW a choice: You want jobs or do you want more money?
If UAW members reject this deal and demand more money, there's a good chance Ford will ultimately say, "Sure, you can have more money, but we may not add as many new jobs."
Now, there are probably many of Ford's 41,000 UAW members who are saying to themselves, "Hey, I haven't had a cost of living increase since 2003. Why should I be happy to add more jobs when I'm not making any more at a company that is profitable?" Fair point. Then again, Ford is offering UAW members a bonus structure that should, depending on Ford being profitable, help pad the income of the rank and file.
The real question is whether Ford UAW members are really ready to reject this contract and hold out for more money?
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