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You people need to realize that Ford Motor Company and the UAW have a very strong and friendly relationship. The last national agreement was signed when everything was running smoothly. Car sales were up, as was the economy. Ford had Billions in the bank. The UAW my friends did not eat up those billions of dollars. Us workers did not shoot for the moon on the last contract, we basically got the same 3% raise that we've always gotten. The lifetime job guarantee that we received only means that we'll be placed in a gen pool if a plant closes, then hired in at a plant that needs people due to attrition.

Also remember the Visteon spin-off. Everyone there at the time the contract was signed will remain a Ford employee (Visteon just pays for the labor). Everyone who came to those plants afterward will be a Visteon employee. Ford buys millions of parts from small suppliers, and outsourcing also reduces alot of the labor.
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