Ford will revive the Ranger pickup and the Bronco SUV and will build both trucks in Michigan, two details revealed in a contract agreement with the UAW.
The American automaker has reached a tentative agreement with UAW that would bring $10,000 in signing bonuses and $9 billion in new U.S. product investments, retaining or creating 8,500 jobs. The agreement still needs to be voted on, but includes a commitment to manufacture the Ranger midsize pickup at the American automaker’s Michigan Assembly Plant. In addition, Ford plans on reviving the Bronco nameplate, which would be built in Michigan as well.
It is expected that Ford will stop making the Focus and C-Max families of vehicles in Michigan in 2018.
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As a result, production of the Bronco is expected to begin after the Ranger, no later than 2020.
The tentative agreement includes $70,000 in retirement bonuses for select production and skilled trades workers; commitment to add 1,200 skilled trade apprentices; $2,000 signing bonus for temporary employees with at least 90 days on the job and retirees get $1,000 in four annual $250 cash payments or gift cards.
The national council has approved the agreement and it will now be sent to the union’s 52,900 Ford members for ratification in a voting process that will likely take at least a week.
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