Chrysler LLC has begun offering to move laid-off UAW members to its operations in Belvidere, Ill., and Kenosha, Wis., to back-fill positions that have come open as part of the automaker's headcount reduction, a Chrysler spokesman said Wednesday.
Ed Saenz, a Chrysler spokesman, declined to say how many people were receiving the offers or how many people the company wants to move to those locations. He also indicated that similar offers could be made in the near future to move people to other facilities.
The automaker has announced plans to cut as many as 21,000 hourly jobs by the end of 2009. Chrysler has offered buyout and retirement packages to workers. While some of those people have already seen the deadline for accepting pass, others are believed to still be able to sign up.
The Kenosha News has reported that 30% of the Kenosha engine plant's workers are to retire this year through the buyout program.