Ford facing strike concerns at Kansas City plant

Posted at 5:47 AM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 05:47:28-04

There are strike concerns tonight for Ford that could have a major impact on one of the Dearborn-based automaker's a most popular vehicles.

A union dispute in Kansas City could prove  to be another blow in production of the F-150.

Ford has struggled this year to meet the demand for its popular F-150.

Now more than 7,000 workers at the company's plant in Kansas City could walk off the job Sunday unless they get a new contract.

The United Auto Workers says it issued the five day deadline after meeting with the company more than 40 times since April.

At issue are disagreements over safety, seniority, and manpower at the Kansas City plant.

That plant shares production of the F-150 with Dearborn. It recently made the transition to the new all aluminum body, enabling the company to increase inventory.

A strike could hurt the company's bottom line.

While it remains the most popular pickup truck, sales have been on the decline since January. That's in part due to the struggle to keep up with demand.

It could also push back negotiations with the UAW over a national contract, since Ford union officials have pledged not to sign an agreement until local contracts have been settled.