Ford Makes Plan to Keep Parts Depots Running in Case of Strike: Report

Written by Ethan Bernard

Ford Motor Co. is getting white-collar workers ready to do blue-collar jobs at parts depots in the event of a strike, according to an article in The Detroit Free Press on Thursday.

In case a strike should occur, the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker is preparing to send out salaried workers to 20 sites in 15 states with Ford parts depots, according to the paper, which said it reviewed internal company documents.

“We have a responsibility to our customers and dealers to ship the parts that keep Ford vehicles on the road – especially to keep first responders and other essential services running,” a Ford spokesperson said in an email statement to SMU on Friday.

“Like we would for any scenario where customer service could be interrupted, Ford is planning for the possibility of a work stoppage. Safety and customer service are top priorities for us,” the spokesperson added.

Recall that contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers (UAW) union and the Detroit Three Automakers – Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis – began in July. The current contracts are set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 14.

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