Ford Announces Mass Temporary Layoffs for Thousands as Plant Retools for New Vehicles

By Sahid Fawaz

Ford is preparing for the return of the Ranger and Bronco to Michigan! But the cost will be temporary layoffs, which are mitigated by unemployment compensation and sub pay by Ford. While the workers will not receive full pay during this period, they will receive substantially more than just unemployment compensation.

Michigan Live reports:

“Ford Motor Company plans to build its new Ranger and Bronco in Michigan, but about 2,000 factory workers will get a five-month break from work before that can happen.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker announced a mass layoff at the Wayne Assembly plant.

The move will allow the retooling necessary to build the long-awaited new models.

‘This “mass layoff” will be considered temporary,’ Ford told the state.

Ford announced the return of the two models during the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

‘Ranger is for truck buyers who want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city,’ said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, at the time.

Also in 2017, Ford announced $1.9 billion in facility upgrades in Michigan.

Among them was $850 million earmarked for the retooling in Wayne, located about 15 miles west of Detroit.”

For the rest of the story, read the full article at Michigan Live.

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