Robert Bruno, professor and director of the Labor Education Program, talked about UAW members voting on a national labor deal with Ford in a Chicago Tribune article.
But the promise of new product lines at both factories is a big boost for the region, according to Bob Bruno, professor of labor and employment issues at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Especially in Chicago where the Lincoln MKS sedan is being phased out.
“Having a new line is always considered the lifeblood of any factory,” Bruno said. Ford’s decision reflects its belief that “Chicago facilities are high performers,” he said. Ford is at the forefront of a less adversarial relationship with the UAW and is reaping the benefits, he said.