War effort and the Big 3

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Edward Lapham is editor of Automotive News

Nov. 30 -- While the war against terror rages on the other side of the globe, personnel from the Big 3 are doing their part.

So far, about 50 General Motors employees who are either military reservists or members of the National Guard have been called to active duty. That's more than were called up at one time during either the Persian Gulf War or the conflict in the Balkans.

About 30 DaimlerChrysler employees and 10 Ford Motor Co. employees also have been called up.

Federal law requires that employees be guaranteed comparable jobs with their employers when they return from active duty.

That could be a hardship for some companies, but it won't be a problem for the Big 3 because they have so many employees, who can pick up the work load.

You can reach Edward Lapham at elapham@crain.com

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