In rare move, Ford executive chair calls on UAW to make a deal and end ‘acrimonious’ talks
In a rare move, Ford Motor Company executive chair Bill Ford Jr. has urged both the UAW and the company to reach an agreement and end the “acrimonious” talks over the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
In letters to both sides, Ford appealed for a resolution that is “fair both to our employees and to our company,” saying it is “time now for each side to bring something to the table.” He also urged both sides to focus on their areas of common ground, adding that concessions must be made on both sides to reach a successful outcome.
Ford’s commitment to workers, and to the communities in which they live and work, he said, should remain at the forefront of all negotiations. He also asked them to remember the importance of the CBA for not just the employees, but also for their families and the specialty vehicles Ford builds for its customers.
It is unclear how these statements will affect the negotiations. However, Ford’s appeal for compromise makes it clear that he is hoping to resolve the impasse without further prolonging the strike.