New Chrysler Execs Pledge to Keep Workers

The leaders of the soon-to-be private Chrysler say they won't fire anymore workers — aside from the 13,000 layoffs already planned. But the real test comes this summer when Chrysler's new owners, Cerberus, will start contentious contract talks with the UAW.

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The leaders of the soon-to-be private Chrysler met with the carmaker's two main unions yesterday. The private equity firm Cerberus, which announced this week it was buying Chrysler, repeated its pledge not to fire any more workers. That is aside from the 13,000 layoffs already planned. Cerberus is on a campaign to win support from the powerful auto workers unions.

So far, union leaders back the buyout. But the real test comes this summer when Chrysler's new owners will start contentious contract talks with the union. The United Auto Workers worries its worker benefits will be slashed to increase profits at Chrysler.

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