Ford announces large batch of layoffs
Ford Motor Company has announced it will lay off three thousand employees. It could be just the start of a series of layoffs ahead.
Two thousand of the job eliminations are among the salaried ranks, and a thousand are among contractors for Ford. That's just a fraction of the automaker's roughly 180,000 workers globally, but there are signs there could be more layoffs in store in the near to mid-term future.
Ford CEO Jim Farley has said the company needs to be "reshaped." On an earnings call earlier this summer, Farley said, "we have skills that don't work anymore and jobs that need to change."
Ford's goal is to make its costs more in line with those of its competitors, as well as shift more of its focus to electric vehicles rather than ones that run on gasoline.