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No changes made to ‘summer shutdown’

Posted Wednesday, Jul 8, 2009, 12:01 pm in Employee News

Company officials issued the following statement yesterday regarding
reports that some employees would be required to work during the “summer shutdown:”

For the second year now, Chrysler is observing a two-week “summer
shutdown.” This year’s break was announced to employees on Aug. 20, 2008, to allow them plenty of advance time to plan their calendar. During this vacation period, it’s the company’s intention that the majority of
employees take this time off.

As explained to employees, some operations will need to work during the
shutdown to support business-critical activities and others may need to
maintain minimal support staffs in place, most organizations should use
this two-week time period to schedule employee vacations.

It is expected that departmental managers have reviewed summer shutdown staffing needs with their employees.
 

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"We're already behind schedule"

July 8, 2009

Chrysler finds it can't spare some workers


Chrysler Group LLC is rethinking a plan that required all salaried workers to take off the last two weeks of July because future models are behind schedule and, with all the recent cutbacks, there's just too much work to do.

Since last summer, Chrysler has shed about 6,000 workers and has been pinching pennies. Last summer, it mandated salaried workers take off the same two weeks, with pay, to help the company save on utilities and other costs.

Now, after its 41-day journey through bankruptcy, it's time for Chrysler to make cars and trucks again. But key products such as the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 are behind schedule, and the company now has begun telling some workers they can't go for the full two weeks or at all.

"We're already behind schedule," said one salaried worker who agrees with the decision but did not want to be identified.

Chrysler spokesman David Elshoff said most workers should be able to take their planned two weeks off unless they are involved in business-critical activities.

LINK:Chrysler finds it can't spare some workers | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press
 
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