Plant Closing, 1980

Plant Closing, 1980
An employee outside Ford Motor Company's Brook Park plant reads a Cleveland Press article about plans to close one of the facility's two engine plants. Although the plant did not close in 1980, there were mass layoffs within the year that left over 1,200 Brook Park workers without a job. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act was passed, with the help of Senator Howard Metzenbaum, as a result of the plant-closing scare in Brook Park. The WARN Act required companies like Ford to provide at least 60 days of notification in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.

Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections
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