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Ford to cut 7,000 white-collar jobs during restructuring

(Photo/Ford Motor Co.)

  • In the U.S. about 2,300 jobs will be cut through buyouts and layoffs

  • About 1,500 have left voluntarily or with buyouts, while another 300 have already been laid off

  • About 500 workers will be let go starting this week, largely in and around the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. 


From the Associated Press newswire
Published May 20, 2019 — 1:00 p.m. EST

Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10% of its global salaried workforce, the Associated Press is reporting.

The major revamp, which had been under way since last year, will save about $600 million per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager.

In the U.S. about 2,300 jobs will be cut through buyouts and layoffs. About 1,500 have left voluntarily or with buyouts, while another 300 have already been laid off. About 500 workers will be let go starting this week, largely in and around the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside Detroit.

“To succeed in our competitive industry, and position Ford to win in a fast-charging future, we must reduce bureaucracy, empower managers, speed decision making and focus on the most valuable work, and cost cuts,” Hackett’s wrote.

It’s the second set of layoffs for Detroit-area automakers, even though the companies are making healthy profits. Sales in the U.S., where the automakers get most of their revenue, have fallen slightly but still are strong.

In November, General Motors announced it would shed up to 14,000 workers as it cut expenses to prepare for a shift to electric and autonomous vehicles. The layoffs included closure of five factories in the U.S. and Canada and cuts of another 8,000 white-collar workers worldwide. About 6,000 blue-collar positions were cut, but most of laid-off factory workers in the U.S. will be placed at other plants mainly that build trucks and SUVs.

Both companies have said the cuts are needed because the companies face huge capital expenditures to update their current vehicles and develop them for the future.

At GM, the cuts brought withering criticism from President Donald Trump and Congress, especially the closing of a small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio. Trump campaigned on bringing factory jobs back to the industrial Midwest. GM has since announced a possible deal to sell the Lordstown plant to a startup electric vehicle maker, but it hasn’t been finalized.

Ford’s white-collar employees had been fearful since last July when the company said the restructuring would cost $7 billion in cash and hit pretax earnings by $11 billion over the next three to five years. Many have been upset that it took so long for the company to make decisions.

Factory workers have not been affected by the restructuring thus far, as the company has retooled car plants so they can build more popular trucks and SUVs.

The layoffs, while large, weren’t as bad as many had expected. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas predicted 25,000 white-collar job cuts late last year, a number that Ford would not deny.

Hackett said in the memo that Ford is departing from past practices and letting laid-off employees stay a few days to wrap up their jobs and say good-bye to colleagues. In the past, laid-off workers would have had to pack up and leave immediately.

“Ford is a family company and saying goodbye to colleagues is difficult and emotional,” Hackett wrote.

Hackett told workers that under the restructuring, managers now will have seven people reporting to them on average, up from five before changes were initiated began. That reduces management bureaucracy by one-third from before the “Smart Redesign” began.

Before the restructuring, Ford had 14 organizational layers, but that will drop to nine or less by the end of the year, Hackett’s memo said.


 

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Huron students honor veterans with ‘Art in the Park’ display at Michigan Memorial Park

Second grade students in Huron Township drew a rendition of the Liberty Bell during a past “Art in the Park” display. (Photos by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted May 20, 2019 — 10:30 a.m. EST

Over 1,000 pieces of patriotic-themed artwork will be on display at Michigan Memorial Park from May 25 through early June during their “Art in the Park” exhibit to honor U.S. military veterans.

Artwork featured in the display was created by students from Brown and Miller Elementary Schools in the Huron District.

The display will line the entrance to the park, which is located at 32163 W. Huron River Drive.

In this Huron Hub archive photo, a past art display to honor military veterans lines the entrance of Michigan Memorial Park. This is the fourth year the park is hosting the display for the public to view. (Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

“We hope that visitors to Michigan Memorial Park during Memorial Day weekend and beyond will take a few minutes to view the work of the budding artists. It’s a very meaningful recognition and we are proud to partner with our schools in this endeavor,” said Kelly Dwyer, president of Michigan Memorial Park.

“We also hope that people will visit our Family Service office at the entrance of the park to learn more about other activities including our ‘Free Little Library’ and our walking club.”

This is the fourth year in a row the park is hosting the art display for the public.

Each piece of artwork on display will be labeled with the artist’s name and grade.

From The Huron Hub’s archives: (Slideshow) Students create patriotic artwork for Michigan Memorial Park


 

Residents reminded to avoid foam on lakes and rivers with high levels of PFAS

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding residents to avoid foam on Michigan lakes and rivers known to have per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the water. The Huron River, seen here, that runs through Huron Township and Downriver, has been identified as a water body that has PFAS. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


Posted on The Huron Hub on May 19, 2019 — 1:00 p.m. EST

As the summer recreation season is drawing closer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is issuing a reminder that everyone should avoid foam on Michigan lakes and rivers known to have per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the water. Foam on these water bodies can have much higher amounts of PFAS than the water, and swallowing foam with PFAS could be a health risk.

Health advisories for foam exist on these waterbodies:

-Van Etten Lake, Oscoda.

-Lake Margrethe, Grayling.

-Rogue River, Rockford.

-Thornapple River, Grand Rapids.

-Huron River, Southeast Michigan.

Swimming or bathing in water containing PFAS is not a health concern because the amount of PFAS is typically low compared to the foam. Although swallowing PFAS is the main way to get it in your body, an accidental swallow of river or lake water is not a health concern.

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The amount of PFAS in lake and river water and in foam matters in determining if a health concern exists. MDHHS will continue to evaluate surface water and foam data and will issue further recommendations if necessary.

PFAS-containing foam can have high amounts of PFAS. Although, current science indicates PFAS does not move easily through the skin, it’s best to rinse off foam after contact and bathe or shower after the day’s outdoor activities. None of this information changes recommendations for people’s water used at home.

An MDHHS evaluation of how young children might recreate on lakes and rivers shows a health risk could exist from repeated, prolonged whole-body contact with foam containing high amounts of PFAS. Repeated prolonged contact is considered to be three hours per day, five days per week, over three months of a year, representing a summer season. MDHHS’ recommendation to avoid foam with PFAS is protective of everyone, including young children.

Additionally, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recommends that people not allow their animals – especially dogs – to come into contact with or swallow the foam. Dogs and other animals can potentially swallow foam collected in their fur when grooming themselves and should be thoroughly rinsed off with fresh water after contact with foamy water.

Not all foam contains PFAS. There is naturally occurring foam that piles up in bays, eddies or river barriers such as dams. This foam is off-white and/or brown in color and may have an earthy or fish smell.

PFAS foam:

-Can be bright white.

-Is usually lightweight.

-Can be sticky.

-Tends to pile up like shaving cream.

-Can blow onto the beach.

More information about PFAS and foam under the PFAS Foam section at Michigan.gov/pfasresponse.

Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 


Body found on trail at Lower Huron Metropark

Lower Huron Metropark is in Belleville, but has a park entrance located in Huron Township. (Photo courtesy of Huron-Clinton Metroparks)


Published by The Huron Hub on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2:40 p.m.

A man’s body was found Friday on a trail at Lower Huron Metropark, according to a local media report.

Foul play is not suspected.

According to the report, Metropark officials say the body was found by an elderly couple while they were walking the trails.

Officials said the man’s death appears to be of natural causes.

The park’s official address is in Belleville, but it has an entrance located on the Huron Township side.



Severe weather possible Thursday evening


Posted by The Huron Hub | May 16, 2019 — 3:15 p.m.

Severe weather is possible Thursday evening across southeast Michigan.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a marginal to slight risk of severe thunderstorms mainly from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The storms are capable of producing damaging wind, large hail, frequent lightning, and locally heavy rainfall.

The chance for storms diminishes after midnight as front moves south of the Ohio border.


71st annual St. Stephen Polish Festival set for May 17–19

In this photo, children are having a blast on a carnival ride at a past St. Stephen Polish Festival. The 2019 festival marks the church’s 71st year hosting the New Boston annual tradition and will be held May 17 through 19. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 8, 2019 — 1:00 p.m. EST

It’s a springtime tradition in New Boston.

The St. Stephen Polish Festival is set for May 17 through 19.

This year marks the church’s 71st year hosting the spring festival in the community.

The festival is on the campus of St. Stephen Catholic Church, 18858 Huron River Drive, New Boston.

Bands will play and there will be dancing all weekend long inside the festival’s music tent.

Photos from past festivals by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub 

All festival weekend there will be dinners, bingo, craft show, carnival rides, kid’s game tent, white elephant tent, Polish foods, 50/50 & basket raffles.

Polish Mass is held on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with Mike Carey.

Visit ststephennewboston.org for exact hours and band lineups for each day.

Here is a flyer for the event


 

Farmers and vintage market scheduled for May 18 at Lajko Park

Shown in this collage are photos from the September market day at Lajko Park. The Huron Township Historical Commission is hosting a similar market day on May 18 at the same location. (Photos courtesy of Huron Historical Commission)


By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Published Monday, April 29, 2019 — 11:00 a.m. EST

A farmers and vintage market will be held a Lajko Park on May 18.

The event is hosted by the Huron Township Historical Commission and will feature vendors selling vintage and antique furniture, flowers and herbs, an assortment of hand-made items, baked goods, and more.

The hours for the market day will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking and admission is free.

For full info about the event, please visit this link.

Photo gallery: September market day at Lajko Park

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