Jeep Plant Layoffs Reach 1,400

The layoff toll at one Jeep plant continues to rise.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Add 32 more workers to the ranks of unemployed at the Belvidere Assembly Plant near Rockford.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles upped the total number of layoffs to 1,403 Monday as the plant scaled back to a two-shift operation amid slowing demand for its only product — the Jeep Cherokee.

The automaker notified the affected employees — mostly administrative staffers — and the state Monday afternoon of the additional layoffs, according to Fiat Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson.

‘Following a full review of its operations at the Belvidere Assembly Plant, FCA has determined that additional staffing actions were needed to properly align with the plant’s return to a two shift operating pattern,’ Fiat Chrysler said in a statement.

Fiat Chrysler notified the 1,371 least-tenured union assembly workers at the plant in February that their jobs would be eliminated in May, along with the third shift. The last day for the ‘C Crew’ was Saturday.

In addition, hundreds of employees at nearby suppliers like Syncreon and Android have been permanently laid off as well, according to state filings.

The additional plant layoffs came as displaced Fiat Chrysler autoworkers face an agonizing choice: By Monday, they must decide if they want temporary positions at the Belvidere plant or if they would be willing to relocate to plants in Detroit or Toledo for possible full-time openings down the road.”

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