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Trenton shift election and new jobs (corrected)

by David Zatz on

Allpar recently noted that there are new jobs coming to Trenton Engine, but was incorrect regarding the return to straight shifts: this has been put up for an election among the workers at the plant. While recent hires may want to keep rotating shifts, because otherwise they would be stuck on night shifts (since the choice of shift is being assigned by seniority), it appears that Trenton might actually be doubling the number of workers in the next year. In addition to the cam line, observers believe there will be new lines to make engine blocks and heads, and to assemble engines, due to the high demand for Pentastar engines especially once the 2013 Ram is launched. That means that recent hires may well end up on day shift, giving them the choice of voting for second shift for a year or two, or staying on rotation at least until the contract comes up again.

(We were recently corrected: “Workers will not be able to chose a five day work week shift…. they will keep the four-ten hour days..they can vote on whether to rotate, or the frequency of rotation.”)

We were also told that Trenton North would be capable of producing either Pentastar V6 engines or TigerShark engines (this remains unconfirmed) which would allow Chrysler to react quickly to changes in demand. That would involve an extra assembly line.

 Overall, rumors coming out of Chrysler point to increasing in-sourcing, taking jobs from suppliers in Mexico and China, and bringing them back to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The Pentastar V6 is currently made in both Mexico and the United States, but the Trenton Engine plant has a considerable amount of space for expansion in the “old” building.
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