Ford Staffing (or lack thereof)

Will and I were trading emails about the staff reduction announcements from Ford.

“Either way, some 50,000 U.S. Ford employees will leave the company over the next year, making this downsizing the biggest in the automaker’s 103-year history.”

That’s an awful lot of people, and Will poses the rational question:

“[Can] you can cut 50,000 and still be able to do your base job”

The announcement didn’t state specifics (AFAIK), but they’ll be replacing the necessary people with temps and part-timers – undoubtedly non-union.

The markets seem to like the news – up a few percent at the open. It’s been sad for me watching Ford fall apart over the years – hopefully this medicine will get the patient back on the mend.

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