Jeep recently confirmed it would build a pickup truck alongside the next-generation of the iconic Wrangler at its Toledo Assembly plant in Ohio. That means the plant must be relieved of its duties making the Jeep Cherokee, but the automaker assures workers there that their jobs will be retained.
According to The Toledo Blade, Fiat Chrysler has promised all 5,000 jobs will kept at the plant despite the publication’s estimates, which indicate that annual output at the plant will lower from 540,000 vehicles in 2015 to a maximum of 390,000 vehicles following the Cherokee’s departure. But while jobs won’t be lost, analysts believe the amount of overtime available to workers will be limited.
“I would assume there would be less overtime scheduled for our members, but what I do know is they put it in writing in the collective bargaining agreement there would be no impact on employment for the life of this agreement,” UAW Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower told The Toledo Blade. “We’re going to hold them to that.”
Cherokee production at the plant is expected to last until the beginning of 2017, at which point the vehicle will be moved to another plant either in the U.S. or Mexico. By late 2017 the Toledo plant will be producing the next-generation Wrangler, which will be followed by the addition of the Jeep pickup in 2018.