Workers at the Ford Claycomo factory have approved a new contract with the company. About 70% of the workers have voted in favor of the contract. The contract guarantees the plant will continue to make the Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, and Mazda Tribune compact SUVs and Ford F-150 pickup trucks.  The plant also will get a new body shop. The nationwide vote on the new deal ends tomorrow.

Meanwhile, workers at the Harley Davidson motorcycle plant in Kansas City are facing their first layoffs in the decade the plant has been operating.  The company plans the temporary layoffs in about two weeks because of slow sales. The company says it expects a 20-year run of higher annual sales and higher annual profits to end this year.