Next week, 1,100 new Chrysler employees will begin the third shift at Jefferson North Assembly Plant, Detroit, to meet strong demand for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Since it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2009, Chrysler has added more than 7,000 employees at its factories in Canada and the US. The automaker plans to add a third shift to the Warren truck plant until March.

“Having a third shift at Jefferson North … is going to help normalize the work schedule and give our employees back some of their personal time and still allow us to meet the demand that we are seeing from our customers,” said Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson.

Through September, Chrysler sold 112,075 Grand Cherokee in the US, an increase of 30.1% compared with the same period last year, while sales of the Dodge Durango SUV have decreased 23.4% to 30,052 units. In June the Free Press reported that Chrysler planed to add a third shift at Warren Stamping, which provides parts for the Ram pickups manufactured at the Warren Truck.

Chrysler came up with a new schedule called “3-2-120”, which is quite controversial among some employees. According to this schedule two crews of workers rotate over two 10-hour shifts with each crew on a four-day schedule.


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