Friday, May 11, 2018
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER OPEN LETTER TO FORD ADVOCATES SAVING JOBS ON STRUGGLING CLAYCOMO F-150 LINE!!!
Tonight take a look at this last ditch plea to keep locals working despite tough economic conditions which continue to evolve for automakers.
Congressmen Cleaver Sends Letter to Ford CEO After Fire Halts Production at Claycomo Plant
Cleaver asks Ford to keep Missourians working on the F-150 line
Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following letter this afternoon urging the Ford Motor Company to keep Missourians working at the Claycomo site. Ford produces the F-150 pickup and the Transit van in Kansas City. The F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the past 36 years.
See the text of the letter below.
May 11, 2018
Mr. James Hackett
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ford Motor Company
1 American Road
Dearborn, Michigan 48126
Dear Mr. Hackett,
We would like to bring your attention to the severity of the recent supply-chain decision facing Ford’s F-150 line, specifically the local impact that the Claycomo Plant closure will have on the greater Kansas City community and some 3,600 hardworking Missourians. Understandably, without the necessary parts, operations of any supply chain would be difficult but we encourage you to keep in mind the effects of any long term and undefined plant closure to our community.
We want to applaud your initial outreach to the affected workers and encourage continued dialogue regarding pay and benefits for all workers, including temporary employees, as this will have an unexpected impact to some of Kansas City’s hardest working labor force. With your recent announcement to make the F-150 line one of the few vehicles that Ford plans to continue to produce, we believe it is especially important to install a sense of commitment to the Claycomo employees.
Additionally, we would like to offer our assistance in helping to identify creative solutions to assist your efforts to reopen plant operations in Claycomo. Understanding that this supply chain issue not only affects the greater Kansas City community, but has national economic impact, we ask that you keep us abreast of your long-term strategy to reinstate plant operations and get these hard-working employees back to work as quickly as possible .
Emanuel Cleaver, II
Member of Congress