LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Kentucky Ford plant has now joined the resistance, 27 days into the United Auto Workers strike.
At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night, almost 9,000 workers walked off the job at the Louisville plant, and within an hour, the machines shut down.
24 hours later, the strike continues.
The Louisville Ford plant is known to be the largest and most profitable Ford plant in the world, generating around $25 billion a year.
As lucrative as the plant is, Kentucky Ford workers aren’t happy.
Kenneth Suschank, on strike at the Louisville plant, said, “It aggravates all of us. It upsets all of us. We’re here. We’re on the line. We’re breaking our bodies down for these CEOs and everybody to be making all this profitable money in their pockets. And all we ask for is a little bit more, and we feel like we deserve it.”
UAW Local 862 joins the fight for a nearly 40-percent pay increase, bringing back pensions, eliminating a two-tiered wage system, and more.
In a statement Ford issued Wednesday, Ford said its union workers are already among the best-paid union auto workers in the world and called the strike in Louisville “grossly irresponsible but unsurprising.”
The Louisville plant is known for its production of the F-Series Super Duty, the Ford Expedition, and the Lincoln Navigator.
Marrick Masters, professor of management at Wayne State University, said the amount of production affected at the Louisville plant affects close to 34 percent of Ford’s total production.
Ford also said in its statement Wednesday that it’s already made an ‘outstanding offer’, but called out UAW for rejecting the offer, even after publicly describing it as the best offer on the table.
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Ford warns that this work stoppage in Louisville will “generate painful aftershocks”, potentially affecting well over 100,000 other Ford workers.
Aaron Combs, also on strike at the Louisville plant, said, “The thing about this plant is it will cause a big feud with the company, and they’ll see that we do our best to provide for them. So they should provide for us.”
While these Kentucky Ford workers are on strike, they’ll still get $500 a week from the strike fund.