* Ford vote continues through next Tuesday
* Chrysler workers vote over next two weeks
* GM workers have already ratified their contract
By Bernie Woodall and Deepa Seetharaman
DETROIT, Oct 14 Union leaders lobbying to win
ratification for a proposed four-year contract with Ford Motor
Co won new support in a close vote with five days
remaining, a union online update showed on Friday.
The running tally as of Friday morning was 6,271 "yes"
votes and 6,085 "no" votes, according to posting by the United
Auto Workers Ford Department. That is about 51 percent for and
49 percent against.
Ford local unions vote through next Tuesday on the
tentative pact, with the total vote result to be issued on
The vote will affect about 41,000 UAW-represented Ford
The next big union local to report results will be UAW
Local 600, the biggest Ford local, which will report results on
Sunday. Local 600 represents a handful of plants near Ford's
world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, including "The
Rouge," a sprawling factory built by company founder Henry
UAW President Bob King said on Wednesday he was confident
the pact would be ratified and that the weakening economy would
undercut the union's position if the two sides were forced back
A Ford plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, voted 72 percent to
approve the proposed pact, a union official said on Friday.
That plant has been promised some of the production of the Ford
Fusion sedan in a shift of work from Mexico.
Bringing back work from Mexico has been a selling point by
King and UAW officials since Ford and the union reached a
tentative agreement on Oct. 4.
UAW Local 1250 which represents two Ford engine plants in
Cleveland where 1,032 workers voted, supported the contract by
53 percent to 47 percent.
The proposed UAW contract at Ford is the richest of the
deals offered to workers at the Detroit automakers. In one of
the key differences, Ford workers would receive a signing bonus
of $6,000 each, compared with just $5,000 for workers at
General Motors Co and $1,750 at Chrysler Group LLC .
Over the term of the contract, Ford workers are guaranteed
at least $16,000 in bonuses. GM's 48,500 union workers would
get $11,500 at a minimum. At Chrysler, the weakest of the
Detroit Three, guaranteed payout is just $5,750.
Chrysler's 26,000 unionized workers will vote over the next
two weeks on a tentative contract agreement reached by
negotiators on Wednesday.