Nov 5, 2001
Another Ford has taken the reins of the Ford Motor Company. What does William Clay Ford, Jr., have going for him – other than his family name, family connections and family billions?
It seems, if we were to listen to the media, that Junior is a man concerned with the environment: after all, he proposed to plant gardens on the roofs of Ford’s new factories – never mind that those factories will continue to spew out enormous amounts of pollution into the workers’ neighborhoods which surround the factories.
He’s also depicted as an executive who shares the workers’ problems. Didn’t he run down to the Rouge as soon as the blast furnace blew up? Forget about the fact that his family’s company, with himself playing a leading role, had made the conscious decisions which directly led to the deaths of six workers.
So, what will be the first job of this modern-day knight in shining armor? Ford Motor Company is to be “restructured,” that is, its workforce reduced. Plants are to be closed, despite a union contract which forbids it. Jac “the Knife” Nasser, the man Ford replaced, apparently didn’t have the right personality to carry it out. If the union is to agree to this new round of concessions, Junior is the man to negotiate them – this too, according to the media, which in Ford Country belong to Ford!