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Chrysler downsizes yet again – one quarter of salaried, supplemental jobs to go by 2009

by David Zatz on

Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli announced that Chrysler would reduce its salaried and supplemental workforce beginning in November 2008.  According to Michigan congressional aides quoted in <i>Detroit News</i>, a full quarter of the salaried employees will be cut by January 1, including involuntary layoffs and buyouts. In additional, capital spending will be slashed.  This is in addition to previously announced moves.  Details will be made available in the next two weeks.

Nardelli wrote in a letter to employees:

“These are truly unimaginable times for our industry. We continue to be in the most difficult economic period most of us can remember. The combination of troubled financial markets, difficult credit, volatile commodity prices, the housing crisis and declining consumer confidence continues to weigh on the economy. Never before have auto industry sales contracted at such a fast rate.”

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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