Daimler Chrysler announced today that it will cut almost 13,000 jobs over the next three years. Its “Plan” also calls for closing the company’s Newark, Del., assembly plant, and reducing shifts at plants in Warren, Michigan, and St. Louis, Missouri. A parts distribution center near Cleveland, Ohio, also will be closed.
Under the plan, 11,000 production workers — 9,000 in the U.S. and 2,000 in Canada — will lose their jobs over the next three years, and 2,000 salaried jobs also will be cut — 1,000 this year and 1,000 in 2008. The job cuts are the latest in a yearlong series of devastating cuts in the ailing domestic auto industry, which likely will lose more than 100,000 jobs in all.
The decision impacts thousands of workers in Kokomo, Indiana, and around the country who today are waiting to learn whether they will remain part of the company’s overall plan to become leaner and more competitive. In addition to the hourly workers, job loss estimates include another 1,000 to 1,500 salaried workers who could be given their walking orders.
In Kokomo, DaimlerChrysler employs about 1,050 workers at its casting plant and about 3,225 workers at its transmission plant.
While Governor Daniels continues to paint a bright picture for Indiana by diverting attention from the manufacturing base to the agricultural base, our Hoosier workers in manufacturing continue to suffer.