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It may be quaint and old-fashioned, but we're sure there's nothing like the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment from working for one company your entire adult life. We'll never know the pleasure of opening up a box and finding a personal note from the CEO and an application for an "anniversary ring" to thank us for our 30 years of service — just like the one Michael Stawasz received from Ford last week. One little problem — our man Mike was fired by FoMoCo in January — nine months before his 30 year anniversary. And at FoMoCo...

...30 ain't just a big round number — it's also when an employee qualifies for full benefits — the whole health care and golden parachute pension thing that every retiree's aiming for. So, with one hand Ford taketh away, and with the other hand slaps you silly like a little bitch for your 29 years and 3 months — makes us glad we don't even have the expectation of a pension. But fear not — this may have a happy ending — Mike and a couple dozen other similarly-situated FoMoCo employees are gonna settle this the American way — and sue their asses off.

Is Ford's parting gift to ex-workers 'cruel joke'? [Detroit News]

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