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Chrysler resorts to layoffs to cut 1,000 jobs

Sept 26, 2008

DETROIT, Michigan (AFP) — Chrysler LLC has resorted to firing 250 salaried workers in order to meet targeted job reductions as it shrinks its struggling US operations, the automaker said Friday.

"There are involuntary separations underway," Chrysler spokeswoman Shawn Morgan told AFP.

"It's certainly very difficult. But we have to take these steps to ensure the long term financial health and competitiveness of the company."

The layoffs are part of a cost cutting plan announced in June which involved the elimination of 1,000 white collar positions. The company said at the time that it hoped to eliminate the positions through buyouts and retirements.

Chrysler has eliminated 22,000 jobs since February of 2007 and now has approximately 66,000 employees. It is planning to eliminate another 4,000
jobs during 2009.

LINK:AFP: Chrysler resorts to layoffs to cut 1,000 jobs

Officials from privately held Chrysler have confirmed the company lost 1.9 billion dollars in 2007 and has lost approximately 400 million dollars through the first half of 2008.

Vice chairman Jim Press recently said the company was in no danger of bankruptcy and has cash reserves of 11 billion dollars.

He has also said the company is continuing to evaluate alliances with other companies.

The automaker said this week that its principal owner, Cerberus, is discussing buying Daimler AG's remaining 19.9 percent stake in Chrysler.
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