DEARBORN, MI – Ford Motor Co. confirms it will reduce the ranks of its salaried work force, but denies the move was orchestrated to set the tone of contract talks with the United Auto Workers. Reports claiming 2,000 white-collar jobs are on the chopping block were the result of a “leak,” Dennis Cirbes, vice president-labor affairs, says of a story that breaks as Ford and the UAW sit down for the ceremonial launch of this year’s negotiations. At a news conference, Cirbes ...

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