At the onset of the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis last month, the union took action at one plant operated by each automaker, but soon expanded that to include other facilities as talks remain at somewhat of a stalemate. While Ford escaped the second round of walk-outs, late last week, the UAW expanded its strike action against The Blue Oval to include the Chicago Assembly plant. Now, much the same way the automaker laid off 600 workers at the Michigan Assembly plant after the onset of the strike there, Ford has also announced that it will lay off 330 workers at a couple of facilities that support the Chicago Assembly plant as well, according to Automotive News.
At MAP, Ford laid off workers in the body construction portion of the plant, as well as the south sub-assembly area of the integrated stamping operation, which were directly impacted by the strike, according to the automaker. That’s also the case in Chicago, where the automaker is laying off workers at its stamping plant there, as well as the Lima Engine plant in Ohio, as both supply parts to the Chicago Assembly plant. The ripple effects from the strike also recently prompted Ford Bronco seat supplier LM Manufacturing to lay off 650 workers as well.
In the meantime, the two sides don’t seem to be terribly close to reaching a new deal after what seemed like a promising development in talks just a couple of weeks ago when Ford’s latest offer was praised by the UAW.
Last week, Ford CEO Jim Farley claimed that the union is holding up negotiations on purpose and negotiating in bad faith – comments that were recently echoed by GM CEO Mary Barra – blaming the holdup in wage negotiations for the company’s decision to halt construction at its BlueOval Battery Park Michigan site. However, UAW President Shawn Fain denied those allegations, claiming that “Farley is lying about the state of negotiations,” and noting that Ford hadn’t yet responded to its most recent contract proposal.