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Trenton workers vote to end rotating shifts

by Bill Cawthon on

By a vote of 365 to 93, members of UAW Local 372 have chosen to end the rotating work shifts at Chrysler’s Trenton Engine Plant. Instead, employees will work fixed shifts, with shift selection based on seniority.

The results were posted Sunday on Local 372’s website.

Chrysler had gone to the rotating shift schedule because it provided 20 extra production hours a week without the cost of overtime. However, workers complained the schedule was causing health problems and issues with trying to deal with life outside the job, including family relations.

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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