Ford is stuck between a rock (the United Auto Workers union) and a hard place (having too many unionized hourly workers). In order to get some of those workers out the door, the Blue Oval is forced to offer them heavy incentives just to leave. There are ten such incentive packages currently offered at various Ford manufacturing plants. According to reports
, the magic number of workers from which the automaker would like to divorce itself is 4,200. It's as simple as having more people than jobs, which is a concern outside of Ford as well and one reason many workers are hesitant to let go of the job they already have. To make this transition easier for current employees, Ford has set up a website
that offers tips and alternative job postings for its workers to pursue. Yeah, it's gotten that bad.
[Source: The Detroit Free Press