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Kentucky Ford plant eliminates scheduled employee overtime

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Ford Motor Co. has announced it will slash scheduled employee overtime at its Kentucky Truck Plant in an effort to lower costs.

The new shift structure will cost some workers nearly $12,000 per year as they work five eight-hour days instead of four 10-hour days.

The change will take effect July 17 when workers return from a two-week summer shutdown.

Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari said the shift change allows the company to retain its workers and production levels of the F-Series Super Duty trucks at the Louisville plant.

Leaders of United Auto Workers Local 862 said in a letter to the 5,200 hourly workers that the change will ensure job security for the next few years.

"The agreement provides (Kentucky Truck Plant) as sole producer of the Super Duty within (the) U.S. and Canada through the 2009 model year," union leaders said.

Union officials plan to discuss the changes with workers on Monday or Tuesday.

The change comes after an announcement earlier this week that that Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant will shut down for an extra week at the end of July to cut inventory of Ford Explorers.
 
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