Here's a measure of how bad the economy is. Ford is getting ready to start assembling the upcoming all-new Escape at its Louisville Assembly Plant after having built the Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer there since 1990 (see the last one ever made in the mob of people above). To that end, the company recently began accepting applications for 1,800 open positions to shore up the 1,100-strong workforce already there. According to reports, nearly 17,000 people showed up to apply – 16,837 souls to be exact.

Unfortunately, most of those people don't have much of a shot at becoming part of the Blue Oval family. According to USA Today, the open spots will first go to Ford workers laid off at the Louisville plant since production of the Explorer was moved to Chicago, then to workers laid off at other Ford plants around the country. If there are any spots left after that, Ford will hold a lottery to determine who gets to move on for consideration, but even then, current Ford workers can refer friends and family as potential applicants, making the lottery pool that much larger.

What do they get if they make it to the factory floor? $15.51/hour, which is the lower second-tier wage that's now being offered to new workers, a concession the United Auto Workers granted Ford in its last contract negotiations.


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      Anthony Colbert
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yea this wage is much lower than I expected compared to other plants. But something is better than nothing! Great news for my city!
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow...that's a lot of people.....and all for a $15 dollar an hour job. Things must be pretty bad down theer, I hope things pick up for you all, there's not much worse than being out of work.
      BimmerFerret
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm from Louisville and glad to see the additional jobs. :-D It was big news when it was first announced.
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sucks for those hired back at a lower wage, but hey, a job's a job. I can only imagine how relieved many of those people are. Good news for sure
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope AND change! Obama is doing it!!! Yeah!!! 1800 now. 4 million to go.
        Robert Kyle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        stclair...stupid comment. If it was up to your right-wingbats, Ford would be paying them $.50/hour and no benefits. Oh yeah, and $100M to the CEO.
        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Minimum. That won't even help, but it would be a start!
        Craywulf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        If you really want to express your disagreements with the Obama administration, go find a Political blog. Obama does NOT control the auto industry, he can't just say....Ford, Chrysler and GM you WILL employ everyone. If anything that is communism, which I'm pretty sure your against. So blaming Obama for the economy is very ignorant.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        You sure talk a lot of trash about a company that creatively made their way out of a bailout. Is Ford perfect? Not even close. Is GM? Ha! Chrysler? No. But after Toyota's crash, it went to show anyone is vulnerable, especially when greedy. For us that love our American autos, we need to support GM, Ford, and Chrysler because it is no longer a battle between them its a battle against the world.
      Robert Kyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      $15.00/hour? Imagine if the UAW didn't negotiate THAT wage? Ford would be paying what? $6.00/hour if it could? pathetic. And Mullally got >$25M? Chinese wages, right here in the USA...if you're lucky!
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Kyle
        That's plenty for doing basically nothing.
        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Kyle
        When the stop burning down and drinking on the job then maybe they can have more than that. After hearing that is the norm for autoworkers..I can now see why I have had the "how did you miss that" issues with a couple of my Fords.
          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
          "After hearing that is the norm for autoworkers" Take your head out of your ass, a select few people do not speak for the rest of the autoworkers and last time I checked, nobody was caught drinking on the job and any Ford plant.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
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      DeBinder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Creating jobs in America if of the highest importance right now, but I think that Ford would have been better served to move this plant to Hermosillo or elsewhere in Mexico. We have to keep in mind that the UAW is going to bargain for higher wages and more benefits with Ford soon. We already know what the UAW did to GM and Chrysler, and how many billions of taxpayer dollars it took to bail out those two failed giants. And now we'll have deja vu all over again as the UAW will try to bargain Ford into the grave, or strike them to death. The UAW has nothing to lose. They are counting on Congress to authorize a bail out of Ford when it goes bankrupt because even Ford is too big to fail. And make no mistake, if the UAW doesn't get what it demands, Ford will follow in the foot steps of GM and Chrysler. If Mazda saw fit to move production Mexico, Ford and the other auto manufacturers in the US, foreign and domestic, should do the same.
        Craywulf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DeBinder
        What you don't seem to realize is the Mexican economy is **** compared to American's economy right now. illegals are coming here for jobs, despite the fact that our economy is bad. Providing jobs to poor countries does a lot good for America in a very indirect way. Take Mexico for example, there are probably less illegals here because there's a Chrysler and Mazda plant there. There's less drug trafficking, which means we are safer and our government has to worry less about homeland security. People need to realize that global economy effects EVERYONE, not just America. If you think it's bad here go live in a country that has a worse economy and security than America. I think a lot unemployed workers can find ways to make ends meet a helluva lot easier than living in Mexico. Stop complaining and look at the big picture.
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DeBinder
        They should migrate the factories further into the southern U.S. where unions can't come.
      Bentot
      • 3 Years Ago
      "What do they get if they make it to the factory floor? $15.51/hour.." Bejeeesus, that's what a typical nursing aide makes at my workplace hospital (am an RN) in SoCAL...
      Fspeed
      • 3 Years Ago
      So your a fortune teller now
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