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Ford to Temporarily Close 7 Assembly Plants: About 13,000 hourly workers at Ford Motor Co. will get an unscheduled vacation this week when the auto maker shuts down seven of its 14 assembly plants nationwide. Contracts negotiated between Ford and the United Auto Workers union provide laid-off workers with up to 95% of their pay. A Ford spokesman said the workers would be back on the job by next Monday.


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