Chrysler settles with Liberty workers

To avoid a strike and shutdown of its Jeep Liberty plant in Toledo, Ohio, the Chrysler group last week agreed to hire back up to 550 laid-off workers, offer additional early retirement packages and bring more stamping work in-house.

The Chrysler group will get no increases of Liberty production because of the settlement with UAW Local 12, said a company spokesman. Workers had threatened to strike by mid-January if their concerns over working long hours were not addressed.

The Chrysler group didn’t want to add a third shift because of uncertainty about car sales in the first quarter of 2002, the company has said.

You can reach Diana T. Kurylko at dkurylko@autonews.com

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