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Chrysler retirees will keep healthcare benefits

by Bill Cawthon on

The new Chrysler will continue benefits for its non-union, white collar employees if Fiat is allowed to buy the “good” assets of Chrysler LLC.

Chrysler affirmed the commitment during a hearing today in which the retirees sought permission to form an official committee as part of the automaker’s bankruptcy proceedings.

The motion to form the committee was denied, but an attorney for the group said they were satisfied. Judge Arthur Gonzalez will allow the motion to be resubmitted if there is a change in plans that would affect the group’s members.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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