TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding “UAW presses Ford to protect factory jobs amid EV push,” autonews.com, Oct. 5: It has been a constant running joke in my 23 years working for Ford Motor Co. in regards to the ratio of salaried workers compared to hourly. For example, at the start of every shift, there are at least five salaried people lining up approximately 20 hourly employees, just in the department I work in, making sure everyone has showed up and delegating the “standby” employees to fill in for the missing ones. Literally one salaried employee per five to six employees.
This is apparent throughout the plant, where salaried employees, in their yellow vests, are running amok everywhere, like wasps on rotting apples. Way too many baby sitters in my opinion. If Ford were to look at ways to cut hours per vehicle, I would suggest cutting these cash-sucking sponges before even attempting to eliminate the true backbone of the automotive business, the hourly production force.
STEVE COOK, Adrian, Mich.