Ford workers look to uncertain future

Some will retire, others hope to transfer to other plants. But some of the roughly 800 workers about to lose their jobs are unsure what they'll do next. Some of the workers took early buyouts then were rehired, making them ineligible for transfers. Those who want to continue to work in manufacturing would likely need more training, and the jobs that are out there don't pay as well.
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Some will retire, others hope to transfer to other plants. But some of the roughly 800 workers about to lose their jobs are unsure what they'll do next. Some of the workers took early buyouts then were rehired, making them ineligible for transfers. Those who want to continue to work in manufacturing would likely need more training, and the jobs that are out there don't pay as well.

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