DETROIT -- The Chrysler group on Tuesday said it will cut its salaried work force by 2 percent this year through attrition.
A spokesman for the automaker told The Associated Press that the Chrysler group had 17,978 white-collar employees at the end of the first quarter, but declined to say how many jobs would be eliminated.
The move comes after Chrysler's warning that it will lose nearly $1.2 billion in the second quarter.
In recent weeks, Chrysler has delayed merit pay raises, reduced health care benefits for white-collar employees, limited overtime pay, canceled plans for a new assembly plant in Ontario and told 132 suppliers to cut prices by June 16 or lose business. Chrysler has demanded that the price cuts be made retroactive to Jan. 1.