Ford Announces Around 600 Layoffs On Day One Of UAW Strike

The Ford Motor Company announced last week that it will temporarily be laying off around 600 nonstriking employees at its Michigan Assembly Plant.

The approximately 600 employees were told not to report to work on Friday because of the interconnected nature of the assembly line at the plant in Wayne, Michigan.

“Our production system is highly interconnected, which means the UAW’s targeted strike strategy will have knock-on effects for facilities that are not directly targeted for a work stoppage. In this case, the strike at Michigan Assembly Plant’s final assembly and paint departments has directly impacted the operations in other parts of the facility,” Ford spokeswoman Jessica Enoch said.

“Approximately 600 employees at Michigan Assembly Plant’s body construction department and south sub-assembly area of integrated stamping were notified not to report to work Sept. 15. This is not a lockout. This layoff is a consequence of the strike at Michigan Assembly Plant’s final assembly and paint departments, because the components built by these 600 employees use materials that must be e-coated for protection. E-coating is completed in the paint department, which is on strike,“ the statement continued.

From The Washington Examiner:

Ford's temporary layoffs come as General Motors says it expects to idle operations at its assembly plant in Fairfax, Kansas, due to the strike at its Wentzville, Missouri, plant.

"Due to the strike’s impact on Wentzville operations, we anticipate running out of parts for Fairfax as soon as early next week. The parts situation is fluid, and we are actively managing the situation," General Motors said, per Reuters. "Since Fairfax won't be able to run production due to a part shortage caused by the strike in Wentzville, there is no work available."