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Chrysler figures chronicle the carnage

by Bill Cawthon on

Employment figures released today by Chrysler in advance of the negotiations with the United Auto Workers union show not only how deep Daimler cut worker ranks but the even greater slashes inflicted by Cerberus Capital Management in its tenure.

At the end of 2000, Chrysler employed 75,489 hourly and salaried UAW workers. By the time Dr. Z and the Stuttgart Seven dumped Chrysler seven years later, that number was down to 44,075, a 41.6 percent decline. In just two years, “Chainsaw Bob” Nardelli trimmed the union ranks by an even greater margin, 44.6 percent, to just 24,403 employees. In period from 2000 to 2009, more than 67 of every 100 UAW jobs at Chrysler was cut. The salaried workers came out slightly better; only six of every ten positions were eliminated, but the hourly workers on the production floor saw their ranks trimmed by 68.4 percent.

Since the alliance with Fiat, the tide has turned a bit. in 2010, Chrysler added 180 salaried positions and 966 hourly jobs, bringing its total UAW headcount to 25,549.

Year Salaried Hourly Total
2010 2,760 22,789 25,549
2009 2,580 21,823 24,403
2008 3,146 28,952 32,098
2007 4,040 40,035 44,075
2006 4,527 46,276 50,803
2005 4,699 47,788 52,487
2004 4,936 51,542 56,478
2003 5,276 54,638 59,914
2002 5,242 58,155 63,397
2001 5,509 60,688 66,197
2000 6,431 69,058 75,489

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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