negotiations http://michiganradio.org en UAW: Ford talks ahead of schedule, strike vote set http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-ford-talks-ahead-schedule-strike-vote-set <p>The United Auto Workers&#39; lead negotiator with Ford Motor Co. says talks with the Dearborn-based automaker are ahead of schedule and says the union is asking its locals to hold routine strike authorization votes by Sept. 2.</p><p>Jimmy Settles tells the Detroit Free Press the votes are &quot;nothing unusual&quot; and are a normal part of every contract cycle with Ford.</p><p>Settles and UAW President Bob King announced the decision to hold a strike authorization vote Tuesday at a UAW meeting in Chicago. The union started negotiations with Ford late last month to replace a four-year contract that expires Sept. 14.</p><p>Contracts also are up at General Motors Co. and Chrysler, of which Fiat is the majority owner. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:02:25 +0000 The Associated Press 3788 at http://michiganradio.org UAW: Ford talks ahead of schedule, strike vote set