US: Chrysler adds part-time employees at Toledo plant image

Thanks to great sales and demand for two of Jeeps cars – the Wrangler and the new Cherokee – the automaker has decided to add 1,000 part-time employees to its Toledo plant workforce.

According to reports, the Toledo, Ohio plant usual employee workforce is already putting as much as 60 hours each week to manufacture the two SUVs, prompting the company to factor in the additional workforce. Chrysler already added 380 temporary part-time workers this year, which are paid $15.78 an hour – just as much as new full-timers – but work only 10 to 30 hours a week and don’t enjoy the full benefits package.

“Our people have been working a tremendous amount of hours,” plant manager Chuck Padden told the Toledo Blade. “To get them more time off is important to us, to make sure they’re refreshed, and can work safely.”

“They’ve worked through the Christmas shutdown the last couple years; they’ve worked through summer shutdowns,” said Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12, to the Blade. “Summertime’s coming; they’ve got kids in Little League and other things. They’ve done an unbelievable job of carrying the load.”

At the moment the Ohio plant produces 1,830 vehicles per day – 990 Cherokees and 840 Wranglers – and adding the temporary work force will allow Chrysler to bring the tally to 2,000 units, with the plant also working on Saturdays.