While the United Auto Workers (UAW) union hasn’t expanded its strike against Ford since it walked out of the Kentucky Truck Plant roughly two weeks ago, it did exit one facility operated by Stellantis and General Motors this week. Regardless, the strike at the Kentucky Truck Plant is impacting a grand total of 13 other Blue Oval facilities, including the Louisville Assembly plant, which builds the Ford Escape, Lincoln Corsair – prompting a number of layoffs. However, salaried Ford workers at the Kentucky plant continue to operate the stamping side of the operation, which is keeping Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair production humming along in Louisville, meaning that The Blue Oval doesn’t plan to lay off any workers there for now, according to WHAS 11 News.
“I hope we’re nearing the end; it sounds like we’re really close,” Louisville UAW chapter president Todd Dunn said of a potential agreement between FoMoCo and the UAW. Dunn noted that Ford has “come back to the table” and added that negotiations are heading in the right direction, but he also added that it seems as if it’s unlikely there will be any layoffs at the Louisville plant at the moment, too.
“Right now, they’re holding steady,” he said. “They’ve been able to manage to keep up,” Dunn noted of the salaried workers manning the stamping plant side of the Kentucky plant, which means that those parts continue to flow to Louisville. “I’m very optimistic we can get a tentative agreement, and hopefully we can do that as soon as this week,” he added. This is notable because just last week, Dunn said that a disruption in production at Louisville seemed like a very real possibility.
In addition to stamping parts for the Louisville plant, the Kentucky facility also makes components for the Ohio Assembly plant, which builds the Ford E-Series, Ford Super Duty and Ford F-650 and F-750 models.