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Ford cuts another 500 jobs; new hires plan to sue

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Dearborn, Michigan-based multinational Ford Motor Company plans to cut another 500 jobs from it assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario.

Ford will let go the remainder of the third shift in its body and paint shops next month.

The manufacturer of Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo automobiles had intended to expand the Oakville plant this year, but catastrophically high gas prices and the current economic downturn scuttled those plans.

Some workers, who quit other jobs to join Ford earlier this year and now find themselves laid off, intend to sue the auto giant and seek class-action status.

The Canadian government plans to provide $75 million US dollars to help reopen the Essex engine plant in Windsor, Ontario, south of Detroit, and save about 300 jobs.

Oakville, population of 166,000, is a suburb of Toronto.

Ford was founded in 1903 by noted anti-Semite and Nazi sympathizer Henry Ford.

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