SOURCE: Ford wants 4,200 more workers to take exit offers

DETROIT (AP) -- A person briefed on a presentation to union officials says Ford has said that it wants to cut its blue-collar work force by another 42-hundred employees.

The struggling automaker is offering buyout and early retirement packages at manufacturing operations in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana as it continues efforts to trim its factory ranks to match lower demand for its products.

Ford has declined to publicly state a target number. But the person says Joe Hinrichs, group vice president of global manufacturing, told union officials the company has 42-hundred more blue collar workers than it needs.

The person did not want to be identified because the meeting was private. The number was reported yesterday by the Detroit Free Press.

Ford has set up an informational Web site, job fairs and retirement workshops in an effort to persuade workers to take buyouts or retire early.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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