DEARBORN, Mich., March 28, 2017 – Ford Motor Company is investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan manufacturing facilities to strengthen its leadership in trucks and SUVs and support the company’s expansion to an auto and mobility company.
Ford is investing $850 million in Michigan Assembly Plant to retool the plant to build the all-new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco. Employees at Michigan Assembly Plant will begin building Ranger at the end of 2018 and Bronco in 2020.
The company also plans to create or retain 130 jobs and invest $150 million to expand capacity for engine components for several vehicles, including Ranger and Bronco, at Romeo Engine Plant in Michigan.
In addition, Ford is investing $200 million for an advanced data center to support the company’s expansion to an auto and a mobility company. It is the second of two new data centers Ford is building in Michigan, as the company expects its data usage to increase 1,000 percent – driven by manufacturing and business needs and new mobility services, such as more connected, autonomous and electrified vehicles.
The second new data center will be located at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant, where the company is investing $700 million and adding 700 direct new jobs – announced in January – to create a factory capable of producing high-tech electrified and autonomous vehicles.
“At Ford, we are investing aggressively in building on our strengths today – including trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, performance vehicles and SUVs – while at the same time growing our leadership in electrification, autonomy and mobility services,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “As America’s top producer of automobiles, we are proud to be going even further in our commitment to invest in manufacturing here at home.”
The company’s investments are supported by Ford’s strong partnership with the UAW, as well as with federal, state, county and local governments.
“UAW-Ford is proud of the total investments in three of our Southeast Michigan assembly and engine plants, which will lead to stronger job security for our members and continued support for the surrounding communities,” said UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles. “Thanks to collective bargaining, the hard-working men and women at each of these locations will now reap the full fruits of their labor. We look forward to celebrating more product investment and job growth at each of our UAW represented facilities in the months and years to come.”
In the past three months alone, Ford has announced $1.9 billion in new investments in Michigan. During the past five years, Ford has invested $12 billion in its U.S. plants and created a total of nearly 28,000 U.S. jobs.
Ford builds more vehicles in the United States and employs more hourly U.S. workers than any other automaker.
New Ranger and Bronco at Michigan Assembly
The work to transform Michigan Assembly Plant begins next May. Following the same pattern used during vehicle changeover at Dearborn Truck Plant in 2014, Michigan Assembly will take just four weeks to remove and reinstall the tooling necessary to build the all-new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco.
The iconic Ranger and Bronco will further expand Ford’s truck and SUV leadership in North America – two of the company’s profit pillars.
During the last five years, sales of midsize pickups have grown nearly 50 percent. Many truck buyers want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Ranger is built to meet their needs.
Rugged utilities have been the second fastest-growing SUV segment during the last five years, making it the time right for Bronco’s return – especially with its legendary 4×4 off-road capability.
Expanded capacity at Romeo Engine
Romeo Engine Plant produces engines for Ford Super Duty, E-Series, Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang and Shelby GT350R Mustang, along with components for F-Series, Mustang, Explorer and Edge. This investment adds capacity and tooling for components for an additional engine when the plant begins its transformation in early 2018.
In North America alone, Ford has invested more than $3.8 billion to develop more than 30 engines since 2009, when the company introduced its first EcoBoost® engine. Since then, Ford has produced more than 8 million engines globally with the fuel-saving technology.
Data center supports auto and mobility company expansion
As Ford expands to be both an automotive and mobility company, the company’s data storage requirements are expected to increase from 13 petabytes today to more than 200 petabytes in 2021. This is especially true as Ford grows its leadership in connectivity, autonomous vehicles, electrification and mobility services.
The new data centers are helping Ford create a world-class infrastructure for storage, processing and integration of this data.
The centers also will increase the ability of Ford’s global data insights and analytics team to transform the customer experience, enable new mobility products and services, and help Ford operate more efficiently.
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UAW members at Caterpillar voted on Sunday, March 26th, to ratify their tentative Central Agreement. All local agreements have been ratified except UAW Local 974 Peoria. UAW Local 974 has rescheduled their supplemental local agreement vote for April 1, 2017. UAW members should check for the location and time with their local union.
The six-year agreements cover over 5,000 members in Illinois and Pennsylvania.
March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of a few noteworthy UAW women:Flint Women’s Auxiliary From Reuther Photo Archives at Wayne State University
The Flint Women’s Auxiliary collected money for families, visited strike widows to improve their morale, and provided child care for mothers on the picket lines. When the strike became violent, the Flint Women’s Emergency Brigade was formed to protect the sit-down strikers who were their husbands, sons, brothers and fellow co-workers. Wielding mops, brooms rolling pins or pans, they surrounded the men on the picket line and formed human shields against the police. When tear gas was hurled into the buildings to break the strike, the women smashed the windows so it would escape.
The Flint Women’s Emergency Brigade grew from 50 to 350 women before the 44-day strike was over. Their courage helped the UAW win the sit-down strike against General Motors in 1936-1937 that marked a major turning point in the labor movement giving the UAW legitimacy as a union. The brigade used military titles to show its readiness for combat. They wore colored berets and armbands with “EB” inscribed on them; the Flint Brigade’s berets were red, Detroit’s green and Lansing’s white, and Pontiac orange.
Read more about the women who helped build a strong UAW in the March-April edition of Solidarity Magazine.
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March 23rd marks ONE YEAR since Nabisco/Mondel?z began laying off workers from its iconic BCTGM-represented Chicago bakery and sending their jobs to Salinas, Mexico.
Now, workers toiling under exploitive conditions in Mexico produce the formerly made-in-the-U.S. Nabisco products that are shipped back to American consumers.
Please join us for a Digital Day of Action on March 23rd to mark this solemn anniversary. Go to the BCGTM’s Facebook to participate.
Feel free to invite your friends as well. We thank you in advance for your participation and SOLIDARITY!
(WJBK) – This week the Detroit Urban League holds their signature event The Salute to Distinguished Warriors, honoring leaders in human and civil rights.
Another one of the honorees is a labor leader with a commitment to service – Jimmy Settles.
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The following is a statement from UAW President Dennis Williams regarding today’s passage of S.J. Res. 27 Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.”
In a slap to the face of American workers, the Senate vote today to rollback workplace protections that have existed for over forty years.
This bill puts workers’ lives and well-being at great risk. It recklessly eliminates common sense, long standing recordkeeping policies that simply required large employers in hazardous industries to keep their health and safety records for five years. I urge President Trump to side with American workers by vetoing this terrible bill.
Under S.J. Res. 27, large employers in dangerous industries can destroy their Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records after just 6 months. The records are used by OSHA, employers, and workers to identify hazardous conditions and take corrective action to prevent future injuries and exposures. Without adequate data, it will be extremely difficult to identify and fix hazards and incident patterns that could cause illnesses, severe injuries, or even deaths on the job. Please note, the regulations this bill overturns do not impose any new costs or obligations on employers.
OSHA is understaffed and only able to inspect workplaces once every 145 years (on average). It relies on the records to recognize and fix problems in dangerous workplaces. Without adequate records, important efforts to make our workplaces safer will be hampered. S.J. Res. 27 effectively gives license for unethical employers to take short cuts by hiding injuries, falsify injury records, and violating the law.
UAW members have a long history of securing workplace protections for all of America’s workers. This bill takes us in the wrong direction and undermines more than 40 years of solid science and practice.
Again, in the interest of the health and safety of American workers, I urge President Trump to veto this legislation.
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Canton, Miss. – Earlier this month, top executives at Nissan North America received a letter from supporters of the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan (MAFFAN), a coalition of civil rights leaders, ministers and worker advocates who support Nissan employees’ efforts to form a union…
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