CLAYCOMO, Mo. -- The Ford motor company was given notice on Tuesday that thousands of workers at the Claycomo plant could strike by Sunday if no agreement is reached in a local contract.
Union leaders claim that Ford motor company isn't negotiating in good faith on a local contract. What that means is around 7,000 workers at the plant could strike by noon on Sunday.
The UAW Local 249 members build the very popular F-150 truck and the Ford Transit van. A spokesperson for Ford says they are working to prevent any sort of disruption at the plant. The talks are separate from negotiations on the national contract between Ford and the UAW.
The UAW posted a statement just hours ago on their Facebook page:
We have been unable to reach a fair local agreement with the Ford Motor Company after meeting over 40 times since April. The company refuses to address important issues around safety, seniority and manpower at KCAP. We feel we have no other choice at this point to reach a fair agreement. Strike duty is attached below in the unfortunate event we are not able to reach an agreement with the company by the Sunday 12 Noon CST deadline. -
Ford issued a statement that says, "We are confident we will be able to negotiate a fair and competitive labor agreement with our UAW partners.”