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Hard Times for Ford Workers

April 29th, 2009 by admin · 4 Comments

The struggles in the auto industry are hitting home today — nearly 400 workers at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant are being laid off. The plant has about 1,500 employees, but many have been working only every other week as a result of an earlier union concession.

Demand for Ford Explorers is way down, and Ford recently announced it was undergoing a $500 million renovation to produce a new vehicle at the plant. Union leaders keep saying that all the laid-off workers will be needed when the renovation is done in 2011.

While the union is fighting for the jobs, most layoffs will go into effect July 1. WHAS-TV is reporting that the rotating shift plan, which saved hundreds of jobs, is being discontinued so that Ford can further trim payroll.

Tags: Economy · Fired · Ford

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 btucker // Apr 29, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Having been a Ford employee at LAP, my heart really goes out to the people still working there. Tough times never last, tough people do.

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  • 2 btucker // Apr 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Having worked at the plant that will be affected by the layoffs, I gotta say my heart goes out to the employees still there. It has been a tough couple of years for autoworkers.

  • 3 DB // Apr 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Way to go UAW!

  • 4 Crutnacker // May 1, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Ford is the only company that continues to build quality vehicles, and their design and technology is keeping pace with their Japanese competitor. The cars they’re planning to bring to this country will only further that end.

    We need to do everything we can to keep these jobs here. Ford has the best chance of surviving of the big 3.

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