December 18, 2014

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Letter to union: ‘Solution’ to Ford layoffs to be presented Monday

Union officials have proposed a number of alternatives to blunt planned layoffs in August at Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Union officials were notified that a compromise to the planned August layoffs at the Ohio Assembly Plant would be announced Monday. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Local United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Co. are expected to approve a solution that will “best meet the needs” of the plant and workforce of the Ohio Assembly Plant on Monday, according to a letter to the union members.

A letter sent to the Ohio Assembly Plant workforce on Friday indicated that the union and Ford officials were nearing a solution after negotiations this week to determine how to best proceed with impending layoffs that will affect half of the plant’s workforce.

The layoffs, which were announced Jan. 13, would affect employees with 22 years or fewer of experience. Those workers, who will be laid off in August and could number as many as 900, were not given an indication if or when they would be called back.

Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka said that he was confident that many of the employees would be called back after retooling for a new product line, while others would be transferred elsewhere.

The letter, sent Friday and signed by Ohio Assembly Plant Manager Jeff Carrier and UAW Chairman Tim Rowe, indicated that a solution would be approved Monday.

“As a result of our extensive discussions concerning the future of Ohio Assembly and our people, we believe we have identified solutions that best meet the needs of our plant and our entire workforce. Given the importance of these discussions, our proposed solutions are being evaluated by senior leadership and we anticipate a finalized approval on Monday, Jan. 27,” the letter read.

Union officials did not return calls for comment on the negotiations.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.