Ford Cuts Shifts In Two US Factories But Will Not Fire Any Workers

Ford is going to cut shifts at its assembly factories in Michigan and Kentucky, but will not lay off any workers, as all of the affected employees will get new jobs at other locations nearby, as reported by Automotive News.

The company will move 500 workers from the Louisville Assembly plant, where the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC are made, to the Kentucky factory, which builds full-size SUVs and Super Duty trucks. Louisville will go from three shifts to two in spring 2019.

Ford’s Flat Rock factory in Michigan, which produces the Mustang and the Lincoln Continental, will go from two shifts to one. Most of the affected workers will be transferred to the Livonia Transmission plant 30 miles away, adding around 500 jobs in its facilities. Another 150 workers will move from Flat Rock to the company’s other facilities.

Ford said that the changes were necessary in order to boost production of the popular Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models by 20 percent at the Kentucky Truck factory. The company said earlier this year that they will build 25 percent more SUVs than originally planned due to the high demand.

“Our collectively bargained contract provides for the placement of all members displaced by the shift reduction and, after working with Ford, we are confident that all impacted employees will have the opportunity to work at nearby facilities,” UAW Vice President Rory Gamble said in a statement.

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  • Six_Tymes

    sounds like a quality company that Cares about their employees. un-like many others

    • pcurve

      yep, if they have cash reserve to support it, it’s definitely the smart thing to do. It’s not the worker’s fault that there is business cycle. It’s not the worker’s fault that mgmt. failed to design and build products that consumer want.

      • bd0007

        GM has more in cash reserves; which is why Ford and VW are looking to cut costs by combining R&D.

        • brn

          Ford and GM also combine R&D.

    • bd0007

      Ford has plans in place to reduce its workforce worldwide.

      An automaker can’t pretty much get rid of its entire sedan lineup w/o incurring job cuts.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      As one who does automation work for Ford we have a pretty decent contract with them for their Mexican plant.

  • lagunas3ca

    Now some of the workers will have time for 2+ jobs.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Ford took a ton of heat for killing off sedans. I have to thank them for at least being honest and up front about it rather than leading people on like GM.

  • SteersUright

    Actions like this should behoove us Americans to buy Fords. I wish they made better cars.

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