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Merry Christmas. You’re fired.
That’s the basic message to workers at an Illinois Jeep Cherokee plant from Stellantis.
Citing the high costs of converting the Cherokee to an electric platform, Stellantis is cutting loose 1,350 workers at its plant in Belvidere, Illinois.
Worse, it’s moving Cherokee production to Mexico, according to The Daily Mail.
The auto industry “’has been adversely affected by a multitude of factors like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the microchip shortage,” Stellantis said, “But the most impactful challenge is the increasing cost related to the electrification of the automotive market.”
Although Stellantis said it seeks to repurpose the Belvidere plant, current production will cease Feb. 28, 2023.
“This difficult but necessary action will result in indefinite layoffs, which are expected to exceed six months and may constitute a job loss under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act,” according to Stellantis.
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