UAW Chief Visits Ford Workers To Quell Opponents

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The president of the United Auto Workers visited Louisville to show his support for a new contract agreement for Ford workers.

Ron Gettelfinger says he believes the measure would be approved. The Courier-Journal reports Gettelfinger made the trip from Detroit over concern about the contract's opponents.

The union leader also met with members of UAW Local 862 at the union hall on Sunday.

Gettelfinger says opponents are spreading the belief that the new contract forfeits Ford workers' right to strike during the next round of negotiations. He says union workers have only agreed not to strike over disagreements in wages and benefits increases.

Workers at Ford's two Louisville plants are scheduled to vote on the contract later this week.

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