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The United Auto Workers will soon be sitting down with Detroit automakers in an effort to reach a new contract agreement. Some in the know feel Ford will be the targeted OEM in the negotiations due to the automaker's recent successes, and a recent criticism levied by UAW leadership is that The Blue Oval employs more temporary workers than General Motors or Chrysler.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford took a step to rectify that issue on April 7, when it laid off 120 "temporary" workers at its Dearborn truck plant. The automaker will reportedly relieve another 80 workers of their duty in the coming weeks, bringing the total pink-slip count to 200. Ford has some 2,000 temp workers in plants across the country, compared to 1,000 at GM and next to none at Chrysler.

Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans tells the Freep that the workers were only brought on to launch the 2011 F-150, and that they knew that the position was temporary. Gary Walkowicz of UAW Local 600 points out that he's sad to see the temps go, adding that some have been receiving half pay and zero benefits since 2002.

While it's never nice to hear of layoffs, the cuts make some sense to Ford due to the fact that the automaker has displaced full-time workers all over the country in need of new positions. We're thinking Ford will try to find work for as many of those workers as possible leading up to contract talks.


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[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      is it really laying off if they're Temps?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Based of Ford's success, bring in more of them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They bigger you are the bigger the target on your back becomes.

      Ford can ask Toyota about that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe they can ask one of those temps to bring me my completed truck that's been sitting on the production lot for the last 5 weeks....
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Maybe they can ask one of those temps to bring me my completed truck that's been sitting on the production lot for the last 5 weeks...."

        You probably need to talk to the shipping company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't Ford have to be the target? GM and Chrysler have "no strike" clauses
      as long as the government owns part of them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny. The UAW should not be complaining. The college educated engineers should be.

      Has Ford hired a single full time direct employee in the past two years? They seem to be ALL contract.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Until Ford is carrying the same debt load as GM and given the possible double dip or is it triple dip the economy could see as gas prices spike even higher over the summer the UAW should keep things realistic but that is not likely to happen
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Gary Walkowicz of UAW Local 600 points out that he's sad to see the temps go, adding that some have been receiving half pay and zero benefits since 2002."

      What? They've been paid $20 an hour for unskilled labor? That's ridiculous! Ford should be ashamed of themselves. They need to share more of their profits with those who made it happen! /s