DEARBORN, MI – As Ford Motor Co. prepares for the Feb. 16 launch of a 3-crew production schedule at its pickup plant here, many of the 800 new assemblers find themselves in familiar territory. To forestall quality lapses often associated with new labor forces, Ford is matching transferred workers to jobs with which they are accustomed. “If they were working on the door line at AAI (AutoAlliance International Inc.), they’ll be working on the door line here,” says Don Pijor, new models ...

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