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Ford plans to close engine plant in Michigan as part of UAW deal


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Ford Motor Co (F.N) plans to close an engine plant in Romeo, Michigan, as part of a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers union for a new four-year contract, a source told Reuters Thursday.
The 600 hourly workers at the plant will be offered jobs at a nearby transmission plant or buyouts, a source said. The UAW said Wednesday the Ford deal “secured over $6 billion in major product investments in American facilities, creating and retaining over 8,500 jobs for our communities.”
Ford will close the plant in the future under the UAW agreement. Ford and the UAW declined to comment.

In March 2017, Ford said it was investing $150 million in the Romeo Engine Plant to boost capacity for engines and new tooling for components, one of three Michigan plants at the time it said were getting new investments. Ford said the investment was to boost the plant building engines for vehicles that include Ford Super Duty, E-Series, Ford Shelby GT 350 Mustang and Shelby GT350R Mustang, along with components for F-Series, Mustang, Explorer and Edge.
In 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump praised Ford’s decision to invest in Romeo and two other Michigan plants. “Major investment to be made in three Michigan plants,” Trump posted on Twitter at the time. “Car companies coming back to U.S. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!”
In contrast to Ford, General Motors Co (GM.N) endured a 40-day-strike by its U.S. hourly workforce that cost it about $3 billion before winning approval for a new labor deal earlier this month.

Detailed terms of the Ford deal were not released, but they are expected to echo those agreed to with GM, as the union typically uses the first deal as a pattern for those that follow.
UAW leaders from the various U.S. plants will meet on Friday to approve the deal, which then will be sent to the 55,000 members at Ford for final approval, a union spokesman said.


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Would love to hear your thoughts on how things have panned out since then, especially if you have any insights on the impact on the community or the labor force involved.


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The automotive industry has had its ups and downs, and the move by Ford to close the engine plant in Romeo, Michigan was undoubtedly a pivotal moment. Labor negotiations and the socio-economic impacts of such decisions are complex to say the least. I remember at the time there was a lot of debate, both from politicians and the public. Have you ever considered participating in discussions on platforms that focus solely on political discourse? Politiq is one of those political social media platforms where you can engage in fact-based discussions about such topics. It's a space that enables a deeper dive into the issues that matter to you, including industrial policy and labor relations.

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