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Chrysler's 2-week July shutdown to include salaried workers

Vacation time.

From the Detroit Free Press:

Chrysler's 2-week July shutdown to include salaried workers

Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli told employees today that they will be required to use two weeks of their vacation time in July for a companywide shutdown in an effort to improve the automaker’s efficiency and boost productivity.

“A willingness to try something new has proven to be an important catalyst as we transform into the New Chrysler and, in many corners of this company, new ways of doing business are firmly taking root,” Nardelli wrote in an e-mail obtained by the Free Press.

Chrysler spokespeople confirmed the message went out early Thursday. David Barnas, a Chrysler spokesman, said the effort is similar to General Motors Corp.’s summer shutdown.

“One idea that we have taken a fresh look at is the implementation of a two-week mandatory vacation shutdown,” Nardelli wrote. “This year, in order to create better alignment and efficiency across organizational lines and boost productivity, Chrysler will use a corporate-wide vacation shutdown for the weeks of July 7 and July 14.”

It’s common for automakers to shut down plants in July, but this also would affect salaried workers.
He added: “While some operations will need to work during the shutdown to support business-critical activities and others may need to maintain minimal support staffs in place, most organizations should use this two-week time period to schedule employee vacations.”

Employees who have already used their vacation time, committed to “noncancelable” vacation plans or who have not yet earned enough time-off were told to “work with their local management to make alternative arrangements.”
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