Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hooray! Jobs!

  • Ford Motor Co. plans to add 1,200 workers when it begins production of a new version of the Ford Explorer SUV at its Torrence Avenue plant on Chicago's South Side later this year.
But there's a catch:
  • Those new union workers will be the first hired by Ford at sharply reduced wages, under a 2007 contract that allows Ford, General Motors and Chrysler to fill some jobs at about half the pay of what current workers made when they started, and with lower benefits, the Wall Street Journal reported today.
  • As many as half of the new Chicago hires may come from a pool of laid-off Ford workers in southeast Michigan and Louisville, said Jim Tetreault, vice president of North America manufacturing.

    "Our workers that are on indefinite layoff right now, no matter where they are in the country, get first choice," he said. "We have approximately 600 people on layoff, so we expect some percentage of those employees will elect to take a position in Chicago."
So a mixed blessing we suppose. We thought SUVs were on the way out?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really glad that the FORD CO. is creating jobs again. Hegewisch will see an upside in business flourishing again on Baltimore Avenue. Did anybody see all the deer that are walking around the Ford plant grounds? The lack of activity in the past had the deer taking over. And if anybody cares there were actually two cougars seen by the Ford plant grounds. No B.S. All the deer and cougars are living in the Calumet Harbor area west and north of the grain elevators. There are also plenty of deer in the outskirts of Beubian woods by the Altgeld Gardens complex. The people of Hegewisch won't tell you too much as all that venison is big business.

1/27/2010 01:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT, but after reviewing my mortgage contract, I have decided to walk away from my mortgage.

My contract stipulates that if I cannot make the payments I will return the house. So this is what I will do.

I think I will rent from now on, and as the neighborhood changes (from the savages), I will rent another place.

1/27/2010 03:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We thought SUVs were on the way out"?

No, AL Gore is on the way out. Maybe he can take Barry with him.

Vote Republican, it worked in MA.

1/27/2010 05:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget the 17 MILLION KING SHORTSHANKS gave FORD to relocate the suv here.

CHICAGO IS BROKE
CHICAGO IS BROKE

TAKE FURLOUGH DAYS YOU ALL

1/27/2010 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new Explorer isn't a conventional SUV - i.e., it isn't a truck anymore. It's a car with a tall SUV body on it. It'd make a great police car.

As for the lower wages: face it, the UAW are still the highest paid industrial workers in the US, maybe the world. And the companies they worked for have all either collapsed or nearly collapsed. It's what happens when unions try to bleed their employers over the decades: the wages build up to an unsustainable level.

This is just a necessary corrective. And ask yourself this: what's better - a few workers making very high wages, or lots of workers making darned good wages? Uh huh.

1/27/2010 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Approx 600 jobs for new hires but how many did the crime families of quinn-daley want for their extended crime families? How fat were the manilla envelopes?

1/27/2010 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i bet those south side deer glow green at night.
the mountain lions can have them.

1/27/2010 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm happy with my Dodge Truck.

1/27/2010 01:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Hegewisch's best kept secret is out. Yes Virginia, there are plenty of deer out this way in our area. Including cougars. The 004th District know about it and the cougars. But, unlike the North side, if Hegewisch people see a cougar walking on main street, they take care of business themselves. Without the fanfare of the media. Some of the best shooters on the CPD have come from Hegewisch. Those officers have had a lot of practice down by the Nike site, prairies by Avalon trails, and the Calumet Harbor. Lots of good eating and happy faces in Hegewisch because all those ole Swedish, Polish,Italian and eastern immigrants of the town knew how to survive by hunting and fishing in the day. Hard working people that didn't need handouts like some people that expect everything. Welcome back Ford Motor Company.

1/27/2010 02:27:00 PM  
OpenID hipiap1 said...

Ok...I was raised in Michigan and my In-Laws are all UAW members..

But there is a reason why a car is so darn expensive.

The Michigan UAW members make more per year than some Cops make....up to and including Exempts.

1/27/2010 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Ford didn't take any bailout money.

1/27/2010 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Obozo will use this to prove that his stimulus works, when in fact to their credit Ford did not want the Obozo money unlike Obozo motors and Chrysler.

My next car will be a Ford because of Ford refusing to cow tow to Obozo.

1/27/2010 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just a big fucken joke. When they built the new Ford Campus just east of the ford plant five years ago they promised 3000 jobs. The people from the southside neighborhood were to get fist chance at the jobs.

Never happened, I have lived here all my life And don't know one person from the hood the ever got hired there. If you drove through the Campus at lunch time it looked more like 79th street. Now all those jobs are gone, the companies are all out of business and the brand new buildings are empty.

3000 jobs gone this past year. 1200 new jobs being offered. Ford already said 600 to 700 will go to ford employees from other plants first. The other 600 will go to family members of current ford employees.

Don't even think about a job at ford. They are just blowing smoke up you ass!!!

1/27/2010 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I WOULD NOT BUY ANYTHING BUT AN AMERICAN CAR!IVE OWNED CHEVY,FORD ,DODGE AND SATURN!THEY ALLWERE GREAT!USA ALL THE WAY!!GO UNION!!

1/27/2010 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I'm happy with my Dodge Truck.

1/27/2010 01:20:00 PM

Most toothless hillbillies are!

1/27/2010 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's good to get some new employment opportunities, but this is like a grain of sand on the beach compared with Illinois unemployment problems.

1/27/2010 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bought a Ford cause they didn't cave in to Obama's bullshit. GO FORD!

1/27/2010 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted Nugent was from Hegewisch, that explains the great hunters, and geniuses there...

1/27/2010 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Approx 600 jobs for new hires but how many did the crime families of quinn-daley want for their extended crime families? How fat were the manilla envelopes?

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good question,but,unlike mccormick place,these are the kind of jobs where people actually have to work.

1/27/2010 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I WOULD NOT BUY ANYTHING BUT AN AMERICAN CAR!IVE OWNED CHEVY,FORD ,DODGE AND SATURN!THEY ALLWERE GREAT!USA ALL THE WAY!!GO UNION!!

hey capslock guy!!...a lot of japanese cars are actually made in the USA now.

1/27/2010 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, $56 dollars a hour to attach a bumper? How about $23 a hour and be thankful you have a job.

1/28/2010 02:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I WOULD NOT BUY ANYTHING BUT AN AMERICAN CAR!IVE OWNED CHEVY,FORD ,DODGE AND SATURN!THEY ALLWERE GREAT!USA ALL THE WAY!!GO UNION!!

1/27/2010 10:08:00 PM


I will not buy a car from a bankrupt auto company. GM and Chrysler used taxpayer funds to correct years of bungling and mismanagement. Many vendors were left hanging, workers get screwed, pensions slashed etc. And the taxpayer keeps paying.

Besides, there is more American made content in the average Honda and Toyota than in the average Chevy or Ford or Chrysler product. There are laws about how much US content there must be in an import. No such law for American cars. (US Owned companies)

And the current huge recall for millions of Toyota cars, ALL US made Toyota, none are Japanese Toyotas.

GM would not do this large of a recall; Ford didn't even as their cars continued to explode into flames in an accident. Toyota is very conservative and has cost themselves hundreds if not billions of dollars in addressing a problem that likely effects only a few dozen of the millions of cars recalled.

Can anyone see GM or Ford dong this on such a scale? Ford Crown Vics explode in a rear end collision yet Ford denies there is a problem and continues to produce the model.

Thanks but I am happy with my Toyota Tacoma truck. This is the 5th Toyota for me in 24 years, no problems with any of them.

Quite unlike the Ford Econoline I owned previously. Here is a partial list of what went wrong with my Econoline window van from Ford: transmission (twice), heater core, radiator, water pump, shift linkage, alternator, starter, carburetor, king pins, u-joints, ignition switch (4 times) door locks, electrical system, wheel bearings, and rust, lots of rust. There was more, I just can't remember it all. All in less than 80,000 miles.

What a change it was when I bought my first Toyota truck, over 75,000 miles with NO problems, zero, none. Routine maintenance only.

When the USA companies can do that I will again buy US.

1/28/2010 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Between out of control union contracts and crazy salaries and bonuses for the guys at the top, we cannot compete in the global marketplace in manufacturing. This two-tiered system of compensation for employees is the wave of the future. I can see GM following soon.

If we want to get our economy back we need to bring back manufacturing and actually create products in this country.

1/28/2010 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous not always what it seems said...

I WOULD NOT BUY ANYTHING BUT AN AMERICAN CAR!IVE OWNED CHEVY,FORD ,DODGE AND SATURN!...

hey capslock guy!!...a lot of japanese cars are actually made in the USA now.


The Honda I drove for many years was built in Ohio. Auto plants for foreign-owned brands have been popping up like mushrooms in Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama and other states since the 80s.

1/28/2010 02:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love my German-made car. It'll last for about 20 years without any major difficulties.

But this is good for the region, even if it's not jobs directly. Hegewisch needs business badly. It's becoming more and more vacant down there.

And to the person who said vote Republican, they're as much to blame as the Dems. All those idiots should be thrown to the bottom of the Little Cal.

1/28/2010 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My next car will be a Ford because of Ford refusing to cow tow to Obozo.

1/27/2010 07:07:00 PM
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Now I have visions of an F150 with a cow on wheels being towed behind it, attached to a ball hitch.

The word is 'kowtow', not cow tow, but thanks for the visual.

1/28/2010 07:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SUV's are not out they're safe for now Al Gore saved that industry from its worst threat ManBearpig.......He finally did it..

1/29/2010 08:08:00 AM  

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