With contract talks between the UAW and Detroit automakers well underway, it is important to remember Chicago’s place within the auto industry and our manufacturing legacy.  Some 400,000 Chicagoans are employed by manufacturers, including Ford’s Chicago Assembly and Chicago Stamping pants. These plants employ nearly 6,000 people in good-paying manufacturing jobs, producing Explorers, Police Interceptors and Lincoln Aviators for shipment all over the world. The future of manufacturing cannot afford roadblocks. Chicago recently passed one of the most expansive scheduling ordinances in the country. We are committed to working with our elected leaders to increase job creation and retention, but we can’t do it if business’ hands are tied.  Ford announced in February a $1 billion investment in our Chicago plants that would add 500 jobs. Last month, Ford invested another $50 million and added 450 more jobs at Chicago Assembly Plant.     But the auto industry has a long history of volatility. Its near-death is barely a decade old and trade tensions pose a threat not seen in decades. The non-partisan Center for Automotive Research estimates U.S. consumers will pay $3,000 to $4,000 more p...