Ford to Add 1,200 Workers to Flat Rock (Michigan) Plant


09/10/2012; Jackie Tortora

 Photo courtesy of the Ford Motor Company's Facebook page.

The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of its strongest growth period since 1996, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said today at the Ford Motor Co.‘s Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan. Ford just announced it will be adding 1,200 new workers to the Detroit-area plant in expectation that the revamped Fusion sedan will see an increase in sales this fall. Working together, the plant workers, who are members of the UAW, and the company have increased productivity and brought jobs back to the United States.

Salon’s Dee-Ann Durbin reports: Continue reading “Ford to Add 1,200 Workers to Flat Rock (Michigan) Plant”

Obama up 7 in Michigan

Obama up 7 in Michigan

PPP’s first likely voters poll in Michigan this year finds Barack Obama with a solid lead in the state, 51-44. That’s down a good bit from our last registered voters poll in July which found Obama ahead 53-39. That’s a reflection of the fact that the state could be looking at a very different electorate in 2012 than it had in 2008. We find that 34% of likely voters on this poll are Republicans compared to 33% who are Democrats. Exit polls last time showed 41% of voters as Democrats and just 29% as Republicans.

Nevertheless Obama still has a healthy lead. That reflects the fact that despite his ties to the state, Michigan voters just don’t embrace Romney. Only 45% have a favorable opinion of him to 49% with an unfavorable one. They don’t accept Romney as one of their own either- only 34% consider him to be a Michigander to 57% who do not.

One thing that’s definitely not helping Romney in Michigan is the position he took on the auto bailout. 53% of voters think Obama has been better for the automotive industry in the state compared to only 31% for Romney. And this is something voters care about- 80% of voters say the candidates’ record on the automotive industry is important to them, and 48% deem it to be ‘very important.’ Continue reading “Obama up 7 in Michigan”

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