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UAW-FORD PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

 UAW-FORD PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
 DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The UAW-Ford Education,


Development and Training Program (EDTP), recognized as a model of union- company cooperation, marked its 10th anniversary today at the joint program's national conference.
 More than 600 conference attendees from EDTP locations around the country have assembled in Dearborn for the next four days to help celebrate the milestone as well as to plan the future course of EDTP.
 They were welcomed by Ernest Lofton, UAW vice president and director of the Union's National Ford Department, and Peter J. Pestillo, Ford Motor Company vice president of Corporate Relations and Diversified Businesses, who together chair the program's Joint Governing Body.
 "There is no doubt that the letter of understanding in the 1982 collective bargaining agreement that created the joint Education, Development and Training Program truly was visionary," Mr. Lofton told the conference. "But I would venture to say that not one of the persons involved in those negotiations 10 years ago would have predicted the tremendous impact that these programs have had on so many lives."
 The EDTP was originally negotiated by the UAW and Ford in 1982 primarily to deal with the retraining needs of employees displaced by the industry depression of the early 1980s. In the face of extreme dislocation in the industry, the Union and Ford decided jointly that employees must be given every assistance possible.
 EDTP was the first program of its kind to be implemented in the auto industry and was very successful in its early mission. Eighty percent of displaced workers taking advantage of the program's training and placement services found new employment.
 Since that time, the UAW and Ford have negotiated a greatly expanded role of EDTP to encompass a broad range of training and personal development activities that serves the interests and needs of employees while contributing to the strength and well-being of the company. "All of us here today are well aware of the impact of global economics and technological innovation on the automobile industry," said Mr. Pestillo. "We just have to make the best use of our most valuable asset -- the knowledge and intelligence of our employees."
 More than 72,000 hourly employees in more than 75 locations across the nation have utilized EDTP for self-improvement in areas as diverse as basic skills to master's degrees to labor-management studies.
 There are now more than 16 programs offered to active and displaced workers and, at any one time, an estimated 17 percent of the hourly work force is enrolled in programs sponsored through EDTP. Some of the more recently added activities include training in such areas as automotive technology and financial education planning.
 "Education and training certainly allow people to become better workers," Mr. Lofton said. "UAW-Ford workers are getting involved in the manufacturing process in ways that were unheard of only a short time ago. They are making decisions, solving problems and using their minds more than ever to advance their personal skills and to help strengthen the company."
 The UAW-Ford program has gained exposure and recognition worldwide as an outstanding example of labor-management cooperation and joint governance in the area of employee training and growth. Mr. Pestillo told the conference that the UAW-Ford program is "internationally recognized as 'best-in-class' in the design, development and delivery of educational programs for an industrial work force."
 More than 1,100 representatives from business, government and other organizations throughout the world have visited the EDTP's Dearborn headquarters to see and learn more about the UAW-Ford approach.
 The participants were honored on the opening day with a Congressional Resolution, presented by the office of Michigan Congressman John D. Dingell, praising the EDTP's decade-long commitment to human growth and understanding.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Bresnihan of Ford, 313-322-9600; or Karl Mantyla of United Auto Workers, 313-926-5291/
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