Hammond Lear Plant Strike Ends With Settlement
September 15, 2014 — The Associated Press — A lengthy strike that could affect the Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant in south Chicago has ended.
The president of a United Auto Workers local at Lear Corporation’s plant in Hammond says a tentative agreement was reached on Sunday. UAW Local President Jaime Luna says the details would be released after a contract is ratified. A date for the ratification vote has not been set.
The 760 employees walked off the job Saturday seeking to eliminate a two-tiered pay system that capped wages at $16 an hour for newer hires. The pay system was agreed upon to allow Ford to emerge from bankruptcy.
They make seats for the Explorer and Taurus models produced at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant. But that plant works on what’s called a “just-in-time” shipment system for its parts, receiving parts — like vehicle seats — sometimes just hours before installing them in vehicles instead of storing them on-site.