Ford Starts Cutting Those Jobs It Said It Would, First 3,000 Employees Notified This Week

According to the letter sent to employees on Monday, Ford plans to eliminate 3,000 jobs this week in the U.S., Canada, and India. The move comes after Ford CEO Jim Farley repeatedly said the company has “too many people,” last time being during the company’s second-quarter results.
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Ford is in the middle of a corporate shake-up to reshape the company for the EV future. This transformation comes with a cost, and the employees will pay the price, as it always happens. Last month, Ford announced plans to cut as many as 8,000 jobs, with the employees at its Ford Blue ICE division to get the shorter sticks. Thanks to the letter obtained by Automotive News, we know the process has begun, and the first 3,000 employees have received their notices.

According to the letter signed by CEO Jim Farley and Executive Chair Bill Ford, the automaker is cutting 2,000 salaried positions and 1,000 agency jobs. The affected people work for Ford in the U.S., Canada, and India. Previous information indicated that the job cuts would only affect Ford Blue employees. Still, it turns out that some people working at the Model e EV division will also be laid off. Cuts are also being made at Ford Credit, a Ford spokeswoman confirmed.

“Building this future requires changing and reshaping virtually all aspects of the way we have operated for more than a century,” Farley and Ford wrote. “It requires focus, clarity, and speed. And as we have discussed in recent months, it means redeploying resources and addressing our cost structure, which is uncompetitive versus traditional and new competitors.”

The letter continues by assuring people who lost their jobs that they will get benefits and “help to find new career opportunities.” It’s unclear if the latter implies they will get new jobs inside the company. Switching the auto industry to manufacturing electric vehicles will cause a lot of jobs to disappear, as EVs use far fewer components. Electric cars are also easier to put together, meaning fewer workers are needed on the assembly lines.
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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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