Union hopes to retain more Ford workers in NE Ohio

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Union leaders are trying to save some of the 900 Ford Motor Co. jobs threatened with layoffs in northeast Ohio.

The effort involves the Ohio General Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, west of Cleveland.

United Auto Workers Local 2000 is working with state and county officials on holding additional talks with Ford to save the jobs.

Layoffs are part of a tentative agreement reached in 2011 for 2012-15, according to information on the Local 2000 website. The layoffs could affect those with less than 22 years of service at the plant, which has nearly 1,900 workers.

Ford spokeswoman Kristina Adamski tells The Morning Journal of Lorain that the company is exploring options including temporary layoffs, retirement packages and rotating shifts.

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