The ongoing United Auto Workers (UAW) strike has reportedly resulted in further layoffs. Ford asked 550 employees to not to report to work on Monday, 16 October, 2023. The company has stated that the strikes at the Kentucky Truck Plant and Chicago Assembly Plant have caused problems at other Ford facilities.
In an official statement to media, Ford clarified that because all its factories being closely connected, when the UAW union goes on strike in some places, it affects other places too. Even if some factories are not part of the strike, they still feel the impact.
The latest round of job cuts at Ford includes 306 workers at the Sharonville Transmission Plant, 100 employees at the Dearborn Stamping Plant, 65 employees at the Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant, 45 employees at the Rawsonville Components Plant, 29 employees at the Sterling Axle Plant and 12 employees at the Chicago Stamping Plant.
The company has explained that these layoffs are a result of reduced production in facilities that typically supply parts to the Chicago and Kentucky plants. This slowdown in parts production has led to job reductions at various Ford facilities.
The union members have been protesting and not working at the Chicago Assembly plant since 29 September 2023. Workers also started protesting at the Kentucky Truck Plant, which was a sudden announcement last week. More people from the same union have been protesting at the Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne since 15 September.
Ford has had to lay off 2,480 workers. General Motors and Stellantis have also had to lay off their employees during the strike that started a month ago.