Hundreds of layoffs coming to Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 3:15 PM

(WHAS11) - Another major blow for local Ford workers, another round of layoffs is on the way.

The United Auto Workers informed its members Wednesday that more cuts are coming to the embattled Louisville Assembly Plant.

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Ford now wants to layoff another 380 workers at the Fern Valley Road Explorer plant.

And a UAW leader says he is angry that after all the concessions made by local workers, Ford is making this move.

Last June, Ford and the UAW agreed to rotate layoffs every other week to save about 750 jobs.

But WHAS11 News is told Ford management now aims to stop the shift rotation as the automaker contuines to try to bring payroll in line with declining demand.

In a message sent to Local 862 members Wednesday, union leaders said:

"The President and Bargaining Committee are extremely disappointed and angered by the Company proposal and will do everything possible to protect the affected members. We have been in touch with the UAW National Ford Dept. and are working to stop or delay any manpower reductions at the Louisville Assembly Plant."< /p>

One union leader tells WHAS11's Joe Arnold the layoffs would be effective July 1st.

Just last week, Ford unveiled a $500 million renovation of the Louisville Assembly Plant to be finished next year, with a new vehicle rolling off the line by 2011.

The UAW says it believes Ford will need all the workers it has laid off to come back to launch that new product in 2011.

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