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Byline: Alejandro Bodipo-Memba
Aug. 18--DEARBORN, Mich.--On the day Ford Motor Co. told its employees that it would trim 5,000 white-collar jobs in North American operations, reactions from Ford employees at local eateries ranged from complete surprise to near indifference.
The voluntary early retirement program will begin in October.
But everyone from contract workers to Ford engineers agreed the cuts are another setback for the Dearborn automaker.
"I'm not surprised by this, honestly," said Joe Vermeersch, a senior financial analyst with Ford Power Products, a unit of Ford. "The Bridgestone/Firestone tire trials and the publicity Ford has …