Detroit News: Marick Masters on Ford, UAW contract

United Auto Workers members employed by Ford Motor Co. are poised Friday to ratify a four-year contract that promises pay raises, pathways to top wages and no health-care cost increases. A majority of members at nearly all local unions representing Ford employees so far have voted in favor of the tentative agreement. If the contract is ratified, UAW leaders will start focusing their bargaining efforts on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. "Ford has not made the plant closures and cutbacks that GM had previously announced," said Marick Masters, a management professor at Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business. "It’s a cash-rich contract for the membership."

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