In what could be seen as a rare move from a top Ford executive, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Edsel B. Ford II, issued a statement urging the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Ford to settle their differences and reach an agreement in the ongoing contentious contract negotiations.
The UAW and Ford have been in negotiations for weeks and have yet to reach an agreement, leading to a highly acrimonious dispute between the two entities. This situation has caused further tension and uncertainty amongst workers as the strike continues.
Edsel Ford stated, “It is our hope that both sides can move away from the posturing and toward compromise and pragmatism, so a fair agreement can be reached.” Ford also noted that he believes the UAW and Ford have a shared future and that together they should strive to create a better future for both themselves and its workers.
This statement from the Chairman of Ford is seen by many to be an indication of how serious the situation has become, and it is hoped that this sentiment encourages both sides to move to a resolution. Moreover, the involvement of a top level executive such as Edsel Ford could be useful in helping to find a collective agreement.
This is a significant development in the ongoing dispute between Ford and the UAW. Only time will tell if this move from the Chairman of Ford’s Board of Directors will be sufficient to push both sides to an agreement, albeit without more acrimony and strikes.