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January 25, 2009

Chrysler jobs bank ends Monday

The controversial jobs bank — a program that allowed UAW workers to receive pay while not working — ends Monday at Chrysler, the union has told its members.

Chrysler told employees in a letter Friday that workers now in the jobs bank would be placed on “enhanced layoff,” effective Monday, until a final agreement has been reached with the UAW.

Source: Detroit Free Press

January 24, 2009

GM to cut 2nd shift at Lordstown plant

General Motors Corp. plans to cut one of the two remaining shifts at its plant in Lordstown, Ohio, in April, a person briefed on the plans said Friday. The person, who asked not to be identified because the plans have not been finalized, said workers have been told some of them will be indefinitely laid off, and an official announcement could come as soon as Monday.

Production cuts at Lordstown likely are a sign that further cuts could be coming at other GM factories, since Lordstown stamps parts for and assembles the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, two of GM’s least expensive and most fuel-efficient vehicles that have sold well in the down economy.

Source: The Canadian Press

December 5, 2008

GM to Cut Output at Four Factories; 2,000 Affected

According to Bloomberg: “General Motors Corp., running out of cash and combating a 22 percent plunge in U.S. sales this year, said it’s cutting production at four North American car plants in 2009, affecting 2,000 jobs.

The automaker will eliminate the third shift at its factories in Lordstown, Ohio; Oshawa, Ontario; and Orion Township, Michigan, in February, said Chris Lee, a GM spokesman. GM will also suspend production for a week at the Chevrolet Malibu plant in Fairfax, Kansas.”

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