Employees at the two Ford Louisville Plants – the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant and Ford Louisville Assembly Plant – have received bad news, as WLKY News is reporting that FoMoCo plans to layoff nearly 300 employees at the two plants. The job cuts come as a result of technical services provider Leadec losing its contract with Ford to another company.
The affected employees will be represented by the United Automotive Workers union (UAW), who explained that the employees being laid off have a succession clause in their union contracts that automatically gives them first dibs at jobs available with the new company.
A total of 293 employees will be laid off, which breaks down to 177 employees at the Kentucky Truck Plant and 116 at the Louisville Assembly Plant. The layoffs will take place by October 31st at the Kentucky Truck Plant, and by November 30th at the Louisville Assembly Plant.
These layoffs are the latest in a series of job cuts Ford has made in recent months. Just last week, we reported that The Blue Oval was planning on eliminating 1,000 salaried North American jobs as part of its $11 billion global restructuring plan which began two years ago in an ongoing effort to improve operational efficiency.
Last year, Ford cut 7,000 salaried jobs across the globe, a move that’s expected to save the automaker $600 million per year. The sweeping reorganization aims to improve Ford’s financial performance amid what it expects to be its first yearly operating loss in over a decade.