Union says 760 Ford workers to get laid off for December

  • Updated: October 15, 2008 - 11:07 PM

The union representing workers at the Ford Ranger plant in St. Paul say Ford Motor Co. is laying off 760 workers for the month of December.

The members of United Auto Workers Local 879 learned Wednesday that their last day will be Nov. 26. They'll return to work sometime after Jan. 1.

Company officials have said the struggling economy and poor auto sales are forcing them to cut back production at the plant.

Ford had planned to close the St. Paul Ranger plant in 2009, but officials later decided to keep it open until 2011.

Most of the 760 employees will receive unemployment benefits during the work stoppage.

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