DETROIT -- Workers at Chrysler Group’s Trenton South Engine Plant have overwhelmingly approved a schedule change that will end the controversial practice of rotating weekly shifts.
On Sunday, members of UAW Local 372 voted 365 to 93 to approve the change from working one week on days, the next week on evenings and the third week on nights to a schedule in which workers will maintain the same shift -- days, evenings or nights -- each week. The plant builds the in-demand 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.
Workers complained that the rotating schedules interfered with their ability to rest between shifts and ultimately hurt quality.
A spokesman for Chrysler said that the change would not add to the automaker’s costs. In a prepared statement, Chrysler said it “is pleased that the Trenton South employees have approved a work pattern that will meet the needs of the work force."
An announcement on the union’s Web site said it would “move as fast as possible to implement” the new scheduling.
Trenton South is among Chrysler’s busiest plants. It, along with a twin plant in Saltillo, Mexico, are the only sources of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which powers several of Chrysler’s best-selling products, including its minivans, the Jeep Wrangler, the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans. Chrysler revealed last week that the 3.6-liter Pentastar would become the standard V-6 engine in its Ram 1500 pickup this year.