Slumping sales of Mercury Cougar and Mazda 626 are forcing Ford Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. to eliminate the second shift at AutoAlliance International Inc., their jointly owned plant in Flat Rock, MI. The shift cut means layoffs for 945 employees beginning July 17, after the scheduled summer shutdown, a Ford spokeswoman says. Ford says it will look to place the workers at other company facilities. Under the current United Auto Workers union contract, employees will receive 95% of ...

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