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Ford plant layoffs extended to year's end

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AVON LAKE — Temporary layoffs at Ford Motor Co.’s Ohio Assembly Plant have been extended through the end of the year.

The layoffs were instituted in May for about 140 workers on the line and in material handling. At the time it was said the layoffs would extend through September. Ford had temporarily moved F-650, F-750 production to one shift at Ohio Assembly Plant to match production with customer demand.

Those who took a temporary layoff receive about 85 percent of their pay, and health care benefits weren’t affected. United Auto Workers Local 2000 Chairman Herb Bennett said Friday that laid-off workers will receive the same pay and benefits they have throughout the summer.

Bennet said the initial intent was to bring all employees back to work in October, but a recent decision was made to extend the temporary layoffs beyond October.

“The layoff is going to extend further out and probably into the first quarter of next year,” Bennet said.

Bennet said production volume of medium-duty trucks has not materialized to the levels needed to bring the workers back. However, he said it is believed volume will increase in the coming months.

“There’s an expectation the volume is going to bounce back, but we don’t have a specific timetable,” Bennett said. “It should actually happen prior to the first quarter, but we extended out to that length to make sure we have enough of an opportunity, so we are not going back and forth.”

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com.



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