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On Chrylser’s Restructuring – 789 Dealerships to Go

This and more from yesterday on Capitol Hill

Laid-off autoworkers and car dealers fighting forced closures were outraged Wednesday to learn that the new Chrysler-Fiat partnership plans to skirt U.S. restrictions on executive pay by having some top Chrysler executives deemed Fiat employees.

From Automotive News:

Chrysler LLC will eliminate 789 dealers, or 25 percent of its U.S. network, by June 9, according to a memo sent today to retailers in one sales region.

Dealers are learning of their fate via UPS letters to be delivered this morning, the memo says.

Dealers will get 23 business days for a “court review” of their cases, according to the memo, from a sales manager to district dealers.

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The National Automobile Dealers Association estimates that an average U.S. dealership now employs about 48 people, so an estimated 37,872 people stand to lose their jobs because of Chrysler’s decision today.

Whoa…. and the banks?  What’s going on with the banks?  More money, yeah?

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Closing of All 30 Chrysler Plants for 30 days

The Spokesman-Review had this up on their site.

Operations at the 30 plants will be idled at the end of shift on Friday, Dec. 19, and will not come back online until Jan. 19, 2009, or later.

Paid? It wouldn’t be too bad.  Unpaid?  A total bummer.