Ford lays off hundreds of workers at Chicago Heights stamping plant amid UAW strike

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Ford lays off 330 workers at suburban stamping plant amid UAW strike
Ford is laying off 330 workers at a Chicago Heights stamping plant amid the ongoing UAW strike.

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (WLS) -- Ford is laying off more than 240 workers at a south suburban plant as a result of an ongoing strike at the Chicago Assembly Plant, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Those layoffs are happening at the stamping plant in Chicago Heights, Ford said.

The UAW workers at the Chicago Heights plant have not been called on to go on strike. They work at a separate facility from the assembly plant, where union workers are on strike.

UAW Local 588 released a statement, saying, "We are proud to stand with our UAW Brothers & Sisters, all Union members and working people in their fight for economic justice. We urgently call on Ford to bargain in good faith and work diligently towards producing an agreement that honors our members hard work & sacrifice."

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Ford said the strike is impacting its stamping facility since that plant makes and sends parts to the workers that have stopped working.

The president of the local UAW chapter representing striking workers told ABC7, "The domino effect will continue as the strike prolongs. Ford knows we are all interconnected."

Ford said 930 employees have been impacted by what they call strike-related layoffs.