By on April 9, 2021

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Ford will be ignoring the typical two-week summer shutdown this year as a way to make up for production downtime caused by the semiconductor shortage. That’s undoubtedly going to complicate some vacation plans. But Blue Oval has already given loads of workers time off and has more downtime planned through April and now that the necessary factory maintenance can be accomplished while assembly lines are idled during supply chain issues, leaving employees to schedule any time off through their local union. 

No formal announcement has been made. However, the UAW confirmed that it’s been notified of the changes, with Automotive News having the skinny on exactly which facilities will be working through the summer break.

From AN:

The automaker informed the UAW that workers at its Dearborn (Mich.) Truck Plant, Michigan Assembly Plant, Flat Rock (Mich.) Assembly Plant, Kentucky Truck Plant, Ohio Assembly Plant, Chicago Assembly Plant and Kansas City (Mo.) Assembly Plant will be working during the traditional shutdown weeks in late June and early July. John Savona, Ford’s vice president of manufacturing and labor affairs, said in a letter that employees at those sites would be able to schedule their typical two-week vacation time through the union. A spokeswoman said timing and other details would vary by plant.

He also announced that Chicago Assembly, Flat Rock Assembly and the Transit side of Kansas City Assembly would be down next week and that Ohio Assembly would be operating on a reduced schedule then. The downtime is in addition to a number of down weeks at other facilities Ford announced late last month.

“We understand these schedule disruptions are inconvenient,” Savona explained. “We also appreciate that this year’s summer schedule may be disappointing to those who look forward to time away during the traditional shutdown weeks. We thank you for your flexibility, understanding and your dedication — as we’ve seen throughout COVID-19 challenges and this year’s semiconductor shortages. We will get through this, working together, and we appreciate all you do for Ford every day.”

He also apologized for the lateness of the notification, again blaming the “volatility tied to the industry-wide semiconductor shortage” in his letter to the UAW that included a masked portrait at the bottom of the page.

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23 Comments on “Ford Skipping Summer Shutdowns...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    But have they received chips so the workers have something to do? Did Joe take care of that already?

  • avatar
    SoCalMikester

    pretty sure joe has done more regarding the chip shortage than the guy that ordered the riot and insisted covid was going to go away.

    thats the great thing about joe. he can do a halfassed job at ANYTHING and its still better than what we had.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Yup, a bar so low an earthworm could clear it.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      Lol “ordered a riot”.

      Literally ignores facts and just makes up their own to fit the narrative they want to see. How pathetic.

      There’s no border crisis either is there?

      The facts are, our racist and Alzheimer’s riddled “President”, who cannot string two coherent sentences together, hides from the press, claims to have been in the senate for 120 years, and can’t walk a flight of stairs has not done one single thing to improve this country and that includes the chip shortage. He has no control over that.

      Here’s a lovely quote from your president taken directly from Whitehouse.gov:

      “ And so, I’m going to say something outrageous: I have never been particularly poor at calculating how to get things done in the United States Senate. So the best way to get something done, if you — if you hold near and dear to you that you like to be able to — anyway —

      I — we’re going to get a lot done. ”

      Our enemies are so grateful he was fraudulently elected. 80 million votes for a guy who thinks he’s been in the senate for 120 years. Wow…

      • 0 avatar
        redapple

        >so cal mikey

        Yes- Trump was horrible. If only he did something good.

        1- Energy independence.
        2- More favorable NAFTA treaty.
        3- Got our NATO friend imies to pay there 2%.
        4- Move the embassy to Jerusalem
        5- Knocked down China a bit
        6- Tried peace with N Korea
        7- Record high Stock market. Record low unemployment
        8- Record fast Vaccines.
        9- Abraham accords.
        10- crippled Iran. The economy was in shambles.
        11- Stable Mexico border. Record low sneak ins.

        I can go on. You get the point

        Hell yes. Terrible President.

        Real shame stupid americans couldnt see past his New Yorker manner and Tweets. Now we have Joe Hussein Obama Bidet in office.

        We ll get what we deserve.

        • 0 avatar
          CKNSLS Sierra SLT

          You know redapple-I don’t disagree with your list. But at the end of the day he was a ego manic, a male chauvinist,and a spoiled rich kid who still to this day doesn’t understand the electoral college. Oh and he’s an a-hole.

          Biden was the “not Trump vote”.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @redapple:
          1:U.S. Is Not “Energy Independent,” Despite Trump’s Claims.
          Trump said that has changed America’s strategic priorities. “We are independent,” Trump said, “and we do not need Middle East oil.”

          “Well, he’s incorrect,” said economist Edward Hirs, energy fellow at the University of Houston. “We are not energy independent. We consume roughly 20 million barrels of crude oil each day. We only produce about 12.5 million barrels of crude oil each day.”

          2. NAFTA – Canada only “gave up” what they already had agreed to concede under TPP (TransPacificPartnership)

          3. NATO:
          “Trump, when he claims he got $130 billion extra, is really talking about indirect funding. Since 2006, each NATO member has had a guideline of spending at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense spending. At a 2014 summit, responding to Russian aggression in Ukraine, NATO members pledged to meet that guideline by 2024.
          Note the date — that was three years before Trump became president, and a year before he even announced he was running for president. Yet he persistently claims credit for actions that were underway before he became president — and consistently misleads about where NATO funding was headed before he became president.”

          4. Embassy: So what?

          5. “Knocked down China a bit”…Not really. The idiot did bail on TPP which would have done much more to limit Chinese influence.

          6. North Korea. Seriously?…… LOL… a few photo op’s with a dictator and nothing else.

          7. You obviously don’t realize that the global economy had been improving for close to a decade.

          8. I guess you don’t understand the fact that vaccines get produced every year for the latest viral strains. mRNA isn’t exactly new.
          The idiot did pull the CDC’s infection control experts out of China and cut funding just prior to the SARS-COV-2 outbreak. How about a bright light inside the body or ingesting toxic chemicals?

          9. I’ll give his advisors that one.

          10. Umm…he made the whole nuclear proliferation issue worse.

          11. Ha ha ha

          Please don’t go on.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            Weird the liberal Canadian has no clue what he’s talking about.

            In other news, water is wet, snow is cold, and the oceans are huge.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @EBFlex – feel free to post any documented evidence that would support redapple’s point.

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          1- Energy independence.
          Was already in the works due to fracking before he came into office

          2- More favorable NAFTA treaty.

          3- Got our NATO friend imies to pay there 2%.
          At the same time, damaged the alliance to help his friend Putin.

          4- Move the embassy to Jerusalem

          5- Knocked down China a bit
          Actually strengthened China. Totally ineffective tariffs that put on a show but accomplished nothing.

          6- Tried peace with N Korea
          Got played by north korea.

          7- Record high Stock market. Record low unemployment
          Something that was in progress before he took office due to predecessors policies.

          8- Record fast Vaccines.
          It was a vaccine platform that was in the works for 20 years. It received a lot of funding from the Obama administration. All they did when covid came along was essentially reprogram it. Yeah, they did streamline the approval process, but that was common sense.

          9- Abraham accords.
          10- crippled Iran. The economy was in shambles.
          They’re not really crippled. Still causing problems. Pushed them closer to nuclear capability.

          11- Stable Mexico border. Record low sneak ins.
          Don’t trust any statistics from that administration. Lots of photos of vehicles driving through that easily cut through border wall. Didn’t do the hard work of going after the root causes of the illegal immigration. Not even a bandaid. They just put makeup over the problems. It was all about appearance. Definitely did not stabilize the border.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          @redapple:

          We’ve had good economic results before under both parties, but if you prefer them to come with conservative economic and foreign policies, then I’d refer back you to a fellow named “Reagan.” Amazingly enough, he did it while acting like a grown-up, and didn’t force the American people to put up with twice-daily dumpster-fire behaviors. Reagan also did something that Trump never even tried to do – he was able to appeal to people outside his own base. That’s leadership. Trump offered nothing but a textbook study of toxic narcissism.

          In fact, if I leaned conservative, I’d spit on the ground in front of Trump – his behavior and total lack of character are what got Biden elected. And now, a lot of what you argue are accomplishments are going to be overturned, all because Trump refused to stop acting like a fourth grader.

          If nothing else, I’d say the Trump experience settles the whole “does character matter?” debate – clearly it does.

    • 0 avatar

      Who is Petty Sure Joe? Is he pretty and is he sure?

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        You’d prefer him to start redrawing weather maps with Sharpies, or suggesting that our best scientific minds study the feasibility of ingesting Lysol to fight COVID, or get up in front of tens of thousands of riled-up folks and tell them it’d be a great idea for them to go march on the Capitol?

        I have no idea how anyone could call Biden feeble minded after the last four years.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      In fairness, these shortages would have likely occurred no matter who the dead and their pets “voted” for, the difference will be in the reaction. My prediction is the installed regime will bungle it completely because we are living in a bad Ayn Rand novel (could be an oxymoron in that statement). I also suspect PRC operatives will use influence to hinder any US actions, they will use the pandemic they helped push on the world to advance their own nation.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    I don’t see this being an issue for the UAW. Vacation or any leave requests are already allocated by seniority.

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff Semenak

      Except for one tiny detail. When the Plant shuts down, UAW workers are laid off for two weeks. However, they are not required, to wait for 2 weeks to collect Unemployment at 95% Pay. Pretty sweet deal, really. Michigan Unemployment had 2 Lines at their Offices. One for GM/UAW workers and one for the plebes. Former Michigan worker here.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Since these plants are truck plants Ford needs to catch up with the demand for trucks. Trucks and suvs are what is in hot demand. I am sure Ford can work out any labor issues with the UAW.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I as well doubt there will be any problems from labor as well.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    UPDATE: I heard that Johnson & Johnson is having manufacturing issues and that the ‘paused’ J&J vaccine doses will be sent to Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant for quality review repair work. Is that true?

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/13/us-regulators-reportedly-call-for-pause-in-use-of-johnson-johnson-vaccine-due-to-clotting-issues.html

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