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A combined 78 laid off Ford workers in Windsor and St. Thomas have accepted jobs at other Ford assembly plants in the province.

A combined 78 laid off Ford workers in Windsor and St. Thomas have accepted jobs at other Ford assembly plants in the province.

Chris Taylor, president of Unifor Local 200 in Windsor, says employees accepted job openings in Oakville and Bramalea.

The jobs opened when Ford offered workers at those two plants incentive retirement packages.

"We've done a great job over the years, through incentive packages. making sure that workers on layoff have every opportunity," Taylor said. "I think at this time, it's a great opportunity for our members."

Taylor admits it was a tough decision for laid off workers to make to move elsewhere for a job.

"Some workers took jobs in January and they move back and forth but these are important and good-paying jobs," Taylor said.

Taylor says there are about 500 ford workers in Windsor on layoff. He says about a year ago, the number was close to 1,000.

There are 1,800 Ford workers employed in Windsor.