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Jeep, Chrysler Workers Awarded Nearly $15K Each in Profit-Sharing Scheme
2/23/22

More than 40,000 employees of automaker Stellantis will receive profit-sharing checks worth up to $14,670 before taxes in March.

Workers represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union are set to receive the payouts after the company announced its strong earnings for 2021, its first year after it was formed from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group, on Wednesday.

According to the company, the $14,670 amount, based on the company's 2021 earnings in the North America region, is the largest profit-sharing payout for workers that Stellantis or its predecessors have announced in 35 years, and a benefit of the removal of a profit-sharing maximum of $12,000 in the 2019 contract.


About 43,000 Stellantis workers are eligible for the payouts, a Stellantis spokesperson confirmed in an email to Newsweek, but the actual amount they receive will depend on the hours they worked. They are expected to receive the payouts in their March 11 paycheck.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Ls go through assembly at the Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex-Mack on June 10, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan Bill Pugliano/Getty Images




"Today's announcement that eligible UAW Stellantis members will receive an eligible profit sharing amount of $14,670 is a reflection of the hard work and dedication UAW members bring toward the success of Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and RAM sales," UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said in a statement on Wednesday.


Estrada said the union's bargaining team had "fought hard for an enhanced profit sharing formula that more fairly distributed profit earnings based on the company's unique structure."

She added: "UAW Stellantis members are proud of the product they create every day especially during challenging environments over the past two years. We continue to make sure that this dedication in the face of pandemic and unforeseen parts shortages is recognized properly."

Stellantis announced on Wednesday that it made $15.2 billion (13.4 billion euros) in its first year after it was formed in the merger.

The automaker says it will distribute $2.2 billion (1.9 billion euros) in total as employee benefits for 2021, a figure that the company says is a 70 percent increase over the cumulative amount provided by its legacy companies.

"Employees are the heart of Stellantis. It is thanks to their continued focus on execution and excellence that we were able to achieve record results in our first year as Stellantis," Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said in a statement.

Tavares added: "Every Stellantis employee took on an extraordinary task in 2021 of combining two automakers while facing serious external challenges. Our goal is that all employees benefit from the company's profitable growth. We are pleased to reward and thank our team members for their tireless commitment."
 

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Stellantis extends second shift at Chrysler Pacifica plant in Windsor

02/25/2022


The maker of the Chrysler Pacifica has extended second-shift production of the minivan at its Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario.

Stellantis NV confirmed Friday it has extended the employment of about 1,800 workers through the second quarter at the end of June. It previously had said in October the indefinite layoffs at the plant that employs 4,262 people would begin April 17.

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The shift cut is a product of the ongoing global semiconductor shortage hampering production. Stellantis' Jeep Cherokee plant in Belvidere, Illinois, also lost its second shift last year.

But the Pacifica was a bright spot for Stellantis' fourth-quarter U.S. sales with a 32% increase year-over-year compared to an 18% decline for the automaker overall.

“The facts of the matter are we need the vehicles,” said Dave Cassidy, president of Canadian autoworkers union Unifor Local 444, which represents workers at the plant. “It’s a great vehicle. Dealers are crying for it. People want it.”

Despite plans for the layoff, Stellantis has said it will uphold commitments from its 2020 contract with Unifor. That includes a $1.13 billion investment into Windsor by 2024 for a new platform that supports electrified vehicles, which Unifor said should return the plant to three shifts after the Dodge Grand Caravan was discontinued in 2020.

During Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares' first visit to the company's Canadian plants earlier this month, Cassidy said he emphasized the company's commitments.

“He was tough on us on some of the things he wanted to see from us," Cassidy said. "We are working on those as we speak. When you talk to any CEO of any company, they want to always improve productivity and improve products. There was nothing that was earth-shattering."

Cassidy added: "He liked the workforce in Canada. He’s committed to Canada.”

 

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Belvidere Assembly Plant to shut down starting Monday

Mar 3, 2022


BELVIDERE, Ill. (WTVO) — Automaker Stellantis said the Belvidere Assembly Plant will be put on a production halt once again, beginning Monday, March 7th.


Workers will be on hiatus for five days due to various supply chain issues and microchip shortages that have been plaguing the automobile industry, according to the company.


Stellantis says they are working with suppliers to resolve the issue.

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares laid out the company’s long-term strategic plan for investors on Monday, which called for a shift to electric vehicles worldwide within the next decade.


Beyond saying that existing plants would be modified to produce electric vehicles, Tavares did not specifically mention any plans for the Belvidere plant, which currently manufactures the Jeep Cherokee.
 

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Stellantis Detroit plant that makes Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango down for retooling

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03/25/2022


Vehicle production at the Stellantis facility formerly known as the Jefferson North Assembly Plant on Detroit’s east side will be offline until May as part of the plant’s planned retooling.

When vehicle production resumes at the Detroit Assembly Complex - Jefferson in mid-May, the plant will be prepped to once again produce the Dodge Durango as well as the new version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The retooling, which began this week, was one piece of a $4.5 billion investment that Stellantis, then known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, announced for its facilities in southeast Michigan in 2019 that led to the construction of the first new vehicle assembly plant in Detroit in three decades. That plant, on the site of a former engine complex near the Jefferson plant, is now operating as the Detroit Assembly Complex - Mack.

The inside of the new Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex - Mack plant on June 10, 2021. On Feb. 26, 2019, FCA announced that it would invest $1.6 billion to convert the two plants that comprised the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into the future assembly site for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, adding 3,850 new jobs to support production.


The Mack plant launched last year, giving the company the ability to ramp up production of the new version of its flagship SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, while the old version was still being produced at Jefferson.

The new version helped the Grand Cherokee, which now also includes the three-row Grand Cherokee L that launched last year, have a banner year in 2021, with sales up 26% to more than 264,000 over the prior year.

 

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New Detroit Jeep plant hit with 4th air quality violation

03/28/2022


The state of Michigan has issued a fourth air-quality violation against the new Jeep plant in Detroit for more nuisance odors from the paint used on the Grand Cherokee SUVs produced there.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy last week issued the violation to Stellantis NV after an air-quality inspector observed the "objectionable" odors on March 22, according to the notice. The automaker already has had an independent investigation conducted that found a high frequency of odor concentrations coming from Mack Assembly Plant. It has committed to installing additional controls it hopes will address the problem.

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"Stellantis continues to address concerns about our Mack Assembly Plant with urgency," spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said in a statement. "We are implementing the corrective actions submitted to EGLE on Jan. 7 and will continue to work with the agency to resolve this issue in a timely manner.

"A timeline for completion of these activities will depend, in part, on the outcome of discussions with EGLE regarding permitting requirements and deadlines imposed through the enforcement process."

The automaker and government agencies have said air samplings show there aren't immediate health concerns from emissions from the plant. The state air-quality inspector ranked the odor last week at Level 3 of 5, indicating "moderate intensity."

State rules and the automaker's permit to install emission units state the operating of equipment on the site should not result in the emission of an air contaminant that "causes unreasonable interference with the comfortable enjoyment of life and property."

Stellantis has until April 14 to respond to the latest violation. It received two others for nuisance odors last fall following complaints from neighbors. Another was related to missing ducting in part of the plant to send paint emissions through equipment that would destroy potentially toxic compounds. Stellantis installed the missing ducting in December and at Warren Truck Assembly Plant, which also was missing the equipment, in February. The EGLE is working with the automaker on an enforceable compliance plan, which will include a fine, according to the department.

The company, formerly known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, expanded its site on Detroit's east side from a partially idled engine plant to a $1.6 billion assembly plant, the first in the city in nearly three decades. It began delivering SUVs in June to dealerships. The adjacent Jefferson North Assembly Plant, which also produces the Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango SUV, is down for retooling for the next-generation models.

 

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Employee Health and Well-being Drive Corporate Success
  • Stellantis earns 2022 Best Employers: Excellence in Health and Well-being, and Excellence in Mental Health awards from Business Group on Health
  • Awards underscore company’s commitment to promoting a culture of health and well-being for employees and their families
  • Company among 44 major U.S.employers to receive 2022 Best Employers awards and is one of 21 recipients of the Excellence in Mental Health award
  • Company programs support each employee’s pursuit of best-in-class performance and a better quality of life



April 19, 2022 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Stellantis has earned two prestigious employee health and well-being awards from the Business Group on Health (BGH): Excellence in Health and Well-being and Excellence in Mental Health awards.

The BGH’s 2022 Best Employers Awards, now in their 17th year, recognize large employers that have embraced a culture of health and well-being, and are working collaboratively to improve the health and quality of life of employees and their families.

Stellantis is among 44 major U.S. employers to earn the Best Employers Excellence in Health award and is one of 21 recipients of the Excellence in Mental Health award.

“Providing a healthy workplace, and improving the health and well-being of our employees and their families, is an essential component of our company’s success,” said Brad Thompson, director – health care, disability, workers compensation and medical operations, Stellantis North America. “Promoting a culture of health enables each team member to pursue best-in-class performance at work and improved quality of life at home.”

Through its comprehensive well-being program, Stellantis is committed to offering tools and resources that help employees and their families lead healthier lifestyles.

For example, the company provides a variety of integrated health plans with preventive services, which include health portals, UAW-benefit representatives, a registered nurse healthcare advocate, employee assistance program representatives, onsite medical departments, 29 dedicated well-being staff and fitness centers.

In addition, the company has opened three near-site family health and wellness centers serving employees and families working at manufacturing facilities in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan (Detroit).

“Supporting the health and well-being of our members is critical to maintaining a world-class working environment where our members and the company can succeed,” said Cindy Estrada, UAW vice president and director of the UAW Stellantis department. "On behalf of our members, we are proud to receive these 2022 Best Employers Awards as they demonstrate the importance and relevance of our health and well-being programs to the sustained success they’ve helped our members achieve.”

The BGH is a network of progressive employers, including Fortune 100 companies, that provide health coverage for more than 60 million employees, retirees and families in more than 200 countries.

“All the winners are employers of choice,” said LuAnn Heinen, vice president of the Business Group on Health. “We congratulate each and every one of them for setting such high standards to benefit workforces for years to come, and for serving as a model for other companies looking to expand benefit offerings.”
 

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Stellantis delays shift cut at Chrysler minivan plant until year's end

04/28/2022


The maker of the Chrysler Pacifica has extended second-shift production of the minivan at its Windsor Assembly Plant through the end of the year, the automaker confirmed on Thursday.

Stellantis NV in October had announced plans to cut the 1,800-person shift at the Ontario plant that employs almost 4,300 people. The indefinite layoffs would've taken place earlier this month, with the automaker citing a global semiconductor shortage and lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In February, the company said it was extending the shift until the end of June.

Windsor Assembly Plant produces the Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager minivans.


In the first quarter, Stellantis sold 26,366 Pacificas in the United States, down 23% year-over-year.

"We're going to keep working on that and moving forward, but great news today," Dave Cassidy, president of Local 444 for Canadian autoworkers union Unifor, said in a video posted on Twitter. "Second shift at Windsor Assembly Plant has been extended until the end of the year."

Despite plans for the layoff, Stellantis has said it will uphold commitments from its 2020 contract with Unifor. That includes a $1.13 billion investment into Windsor by 2024 for a new platform that supports electrified vehicles, which Unifor says should return the plant to three shifts after the Dodge Grand Caravan was discontinued in 2020.

That commitment also appears backed by Stellantis announcing last month it is investing $4.1 billion with Korean battery manufacturer LG Energy Solution into a gigafactory to supply batteries for electric vehicles built in North America, though the city of Windsor has to expropriate a home first.

Windsor isn't the only plant that has been hurt by supply-chain problems. Stellantis' Jeep Cherokee plant in Belvidere, Illinois, lost its second shift last year.

 

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Belvidere Assembly Plant braces for more layoffs amid uncertain future

05/16/2022

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BELVIDERE — The future of the Belvidere Assembly Plant remains in flux as Stellantis announced yet another production shutdown earlier this month due to what the company called an unprecedented global microchip shortage.

“Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry,” company spokeswoman Ann Marie Fortunate said in an email.

The Belvidere plant has seen its workforce, which topped 5,000 as recently as 2019, drop to less than 1,500 today amid faltering Jeep Cherokee sales, which declined 34% in 2021.

Stellantis recently announced plans to eliminate more jobs this month in order to operate the plant in a more sustainable manner.

The next round of layoffs, the company said, will be achieved through a combination of retirement packages offered to eligible union staff as well as reductions of both hourly and salaried employees.

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Production was down at the Belvidere Assembly Plant nearly 40% of this year’s first quarter, which is taking its toll on the plant’s supplier companies, according to Belvidere Mayor Clint Morris.

"It's unfortunate because as Stellantis goes, they go," Morris said. "Everything from stamping to upholstery. The suppliers have definitely made cutbacks and they're feeling the strain of a smaller workforce at the assembly plant."

Fewer employees at the assembly plant is also having an impact on city services, Morris said.

"They're (Stellantis) one of our largest water users and when they have three shifts running, they obviously use a lot more water," he said. "When we have a bulk user like that, it allows us to keep our rates low. So, them cutting back obviously has an effect on some of our infrastructure and some of the services we provide."

Despite the uncertainty, community leaders remain optimistic about the plant’s future and the possibility that Stellantis will eventually retool the plant to assemble electric vehicles or a hybrid model.

“We are in constant conversations with Stellantis,” said Growth Dimensions executive director Pam Lopez-Fettes. “What I would like to see assembled in Belvidere is a hybrid vehicle. We would also like to see a battery plant here to supply batteries for the electric vehicles or the hybrid vehicles to the assembly plant.”

The Belvidere Assembly Plant opened in July, 1965 when it operated under the Chrysler banner. Workers at the plant have assembled everything from the Dodge Neon and Chrysler New Yorker to the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot models.

The Illinois General Assembly approved last year what is known as the Reimagining Electric Vehicles Act which provides tax credits for companies that manufacture electric vehicles, parts and batteries in Illinois.

While no decision has been announced regarding future production, Morris remains optimistic that vehicles will be continue to be assembled in Belvidere for the foreseeable future given the condition of the plant, which he describes as state-of-the-art.

"Part of me says they (Stellantis) will take a bite on the electric vehicle incentives," Morris said. "The other part of me wonders if they'll do that and maybe incorporate that with a hybrid into their current model that they make here. Maybe a mix of both. But, I would anticipate that they're probably not going to leave incentives on the table."

 
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