DETROIT – The job cuts announced by Ford Motor Co. on Friday are the latest of thousands by Detroit's Big Three automakers. Here is a summary of actions the companies have taken:
FORD - No. 2 automaker said it plans to trim its global work force by 35,000, a number that includes all actions taken since January 2001. The total comprises 21,500 jobs in North America (15,000 blue-collar or assembly line workers, plus 5,000 white-collar and 1,500 agency employees), and 13,500 in the rest of the world. Ford employs 345,000 people worldwide.
GENERAL MOTORS - World's largest automaker said this week it will offer thousands of white-collar salaried employees an early-retirement package effective April 1, part of a program to cut 5,760 white-collar and contract jobs, or about 10 percent, this year. This follows a similar GM offer in December 2000 that reduced its white-collar work force by 5 percent to 47,300 workers and a reduction of contract employees by 36 percent to 10,300. GM employs some 360,000 people worldwide.
CHRYSLER - The unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, Detroit's No. 3 automaker, said in early 2001 it would cut 26,000 jobs over three years, or 20 percent of its work force. Of those jobs, about 19,500 were slated to be hourly or assembly line positions, 17,500 of which would be in the United States and Canada. Salaried workers accounted for the remaining 6,500 job cuts. Company officials said about 18,000 jobs had been cut through the end of 2001.