CLAYCOMO, Mo. (AP) -- Workers at Ford Motor Co.'s plant in Claycomo are voting on whether to authorize a strike over workload and safety issues.
The voting began Thursday and will end on Saturday.
Jeff Wright, president of United Auto Workers Local 249, says talks are continuing with plant management and he believes a strike can be avoided. He says he expects workers to authorize the strike, which normally happens in votes over local plant issues.
Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans says the company is working with the union to resolve issues at the plant.
Union leaders say problems began when Ford added a third shift on the Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner SUV line, including staggered schedules and increased, uncompensated work.