News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hennes Paynter Communications

Wayside Furniture

Metro RTA


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


UAW and Ford reach a deal to stave off hundreds of layoffs at Avon Lake
Nearly 200 people still will be getting pink slips while plant is retooled
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
The UAW's Jerome Williams was among those celebrating the relatively good news at Ford's Avon Lake assembly plant today.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Ford is agreeing to keep most of its Avon Lake assembly plant workers on the payroll as its retools the plant. But a UAW deal that includes rotating weeks off is a key part of that agreement. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on a settlement announced today that steers off hundreds of layoffs.

LISTEN: Ford compromise saved hundreds of jobs

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:10)


The Ford assembly plant is shifting from making vans to making mid-size pickups. And just a few weeks ago, it looked like that would mean indefinite layoffs for as many as 900 people.

But under the compromise, most of the plants 1,600 production workers will rotate time off every two weeks beginning in August and continuing until the new product launch sometime next year.

The workers will get a large share of their pay during the shifts they will not be working, and will retain seniority and other benefits.

Sheffield Mayor John Hunter says Ford is meeting terms it agreed to three years ago.

“When the commitment was made when they went through negotiations for the tax incentives with the state, they said this plant was going to be protected for the next 15 to 20 years. And that coming true. Ford Motor Company hasn’t walked away from that. And the union is holding their feet to the fire, along with our state legislators and our international union to see that that is fulfilled.”

Still, nearly 200 people likely will be laid off. But Hunter says the new product line may mean some of those workers will be recalled; others will be assigned to other Ford facilities. And Ford has committed to employing at least 1,400 people at Avon Lake by 2016. 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

School children in Bath produce a seed-to-table garlic feast
Super article. What a great idea to educate in sustainable farming! Garlic is so healthy as well. My Grandson Sam Mathews is in grade 4, and he looks like he ...

There's no off-season for the Cleveland International Film Festival
I would like to see "The Murders of Brandywine Theater" filmed by local Larry Longstreth shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival!

Study shows raising the cigarette tax a dollar could raise $342 million
So, it takes an expert to tell us raising the tobacco tax raises the revenue for the state? Doh. By the way, any one who was going to quit smoking probably alre...

Akron's Highland Square celebrates community spirit and public art
Both Donna and her husband, Joseph are both such amazing art talents! The photos look stunning! I must get down to Angel Falls for an in-person look. I just l...

Pluto: Another off-season, another Browns quarterback conundrum
The Browns do need a draftable QB for the future. Johnny Manziel needs to go and that leaves Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. Free agency doesn't really have any so...

Exploradio: Improving the lives of paralyzed people
God bless you doctor. I hope to be alive the day that humans, like me, can use the results of your search...

Nature and nourishment down by the river at the Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf
I love QUICKBITES! I look forward to it every week. One question: is it possible to include a link to the restaurant or store that you profile? Thanks!

Canton's proposed Timken-McKinley school merger is drawing spirited debate
From a sports opinion Varsity would have a lot more talent to choose from So Im sure varsity sports would improve.Also Timkens name would be much more published...

Canton school board will decide whether to merge high schools
I really hope we can save those jobs, usually we try to cut budgets but the demand is still the same. Then we look bad a year or two after the descion is made. ...

FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices
Would just comment that the plant has admitted the following (as reporting in the Akron Beacon Journal): "The utility has said it may have difficulty keeping t...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University