New models of cars mean new customers and a lot of new publicity for the company. The brand remains on top and it resists the test of time more and more. But what few people think about is the fact that a new model means new jobs for different engineers, specialists and architects.
A new project that Ford has started demands 1.550 new workers on its four plants. The aluminium body of the F-150 pickup truck is the latest pride of Ford and it needs all the help it can get. The necessity of the labour power is found in Missouri and Michigan. The announcement of the large number of jobs offered by the grandiose automobile enterprise has been made on Wednesday and the response to is was fast. Not furious, though!
By the end of the first quarter of the year, Ford expects to gather about 300 to 500 new employees who get involved in the business.
The United Auto Workers (UAW) pay differently their new hires, as compared to their veteran workers at UAW. The reason behind it is an agreement signed in 2007 with the three big American auto-vehicle companies, including Ford. The base of the agreement is competition: the companies should be more competitive with their foreign counterparts that also have US assembly plants. As a consequence, the amount of money that “entry-levels” are paid is of $15.78 to $19.28 an hour. It is considerably less than what veterans get: $28.50 per hour. After this hiring will take place, Ford would have reached the percentage of 28% of its US labour force, exceeding its promised limit of entry-level workers. The plan was to have 12.000 new employees by 2015, but they have operated 15.000 applicants since 2011 to present. Joe Hinrichs, the Dearborn, Michigan-based company’s president of the Americas, has made a statement about thi issue.
“Thanks to stronger-than-expected customer demand, we’re adding 1,550 new workers to support additional F-150 production. We sell every truck we can build, and we plan to build more.”
Bill Dirksen, vice president of labor affairs believes that even if the number of employees of Ford has raised, the extra-money that they have to spend paying their salaries are a lot for the business: $9.6 million in wages in a year, calculating on a 40-hour week work.
“The entry-level agreement has been a really important part of making our labor costs more competitive. It’s what’s enabled us to invest in our plants and do all this hiring.”
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