Efficiencies gained through a new union agreement are enabling Ford Motor Co. to retain many workers that had been slated to lose their jobs at the Louisville Assembly Plant.
Faced with declining sales of the company’s Explorer model, which is produced at the Louisville facility, Ford had informed the plant that some 570 workers would be let go in July. However, the company has been able to reduce costs as a result of the new union agreement. While 40 jobs are still slated to be eliminated, the majority of the positions previously at stake will now be retained.
The company’s updated plan calls for reducing production of the Explorer from two shifts to one, but instead of laying off employees, rolling weekly furloughs will be implemented.