Stellantis to lay off workers at Sterling Heights stamping plant

Layoffs to begin as early as June 20 at Chrysler Sterling Stamping plant

FILE - The Stellantis sign is seen outside the Chrysler Technology Center, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) (Carlos Osorio, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.Stellantis is gearing up to lay off workers at its stamping plant in Sterling Heights, United Auto Workers officials said Tuesday.

Management will begin indefinitely laying off employees at the Chrysler Sterling Stamping plant as early as Monday, June 20, Stellantis officials said. The move was announced publicly in a letter written to staff by LaShawn English, president of the UAW Local 1264 chapter. The letter, posted in the chapter’s Facebook group, states that layoffs will begin from the bottom up, focusing on employees with the least seniority.

Few details were shared in the letter.

Stellantis officials confirmed the move in a statement provided to Local 4, which states, in part, that employees will be laid off in an effort to “operate the plant in a more sustainable manner.”

It is currently unclear how many employees will be affected by the layoffs. The Sterling Heights plant employs nearly 2,000 hourly workers who make parts for Ram trucks, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and Chrysler minivans.

English says that leadership will “continue to update the membership as information becomes available.”

Below is a statement from UAW sent to Local 4 on Monday, June 20.

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