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According to Ford spokesman Mark Truby, "Despite a strengthening in our business, we still have a surplus in employees." Union employees to be specific. As such, Ford has just announced plans to reduce its unionized workforce by offering a buyout package to all 41,000 UAW members currently employed by the automaker.

As Ford works to restructure itself with the goal of becoming more competitive in the marketplace, the automaker has announced that 38,000 UAW-represented hourly workers have accepted buyout packages so far. Roughly 30,000 of those came through the recent open enrollment period, when a variety of packages were offered to employees based on their employment circumstances. Retirement-eligible employees were offered traditional packages, for example, while employes with shorter tenure were presente