Fiat Chrysler’s decision to eventually end production of the Chrysler 200 has created uncertainty among with 3,000 workers at the Sterling Heights, Michigan plan that builds the mid-size sedan, The Detroit Free Press reports.
FCA recently made the decision to halt production at its Sterling Heights facility from February 1st through to March 14th and will also shut down the plant again in April. CEO Sergio Marchionne has yet say when production of the 200 will end, however it will likely be scaled back over the next 18 to 24 months, laying the groundwork for more layoffs.
It’s uncertain what product the Sterling Heights plant might receive once 200 production has ended, however The Free Press reported last year the automaker will move Ram 1500 production there from Warren Truck. But until then, the workers face weakened levels of job security often not experienced by employees building an automobile launched just two years prior.
Employees at the Sterling Heights plant are also upset over a confusing new process required of them in order to file for unemployment with the state Unemployment Insurance Agency. Some workers received only one week of unemployment benefits instead of two weeks after being laid off, however FCA said the issues were caused by the timing of the claim submissions and that no payments were intentionally held.
“The company has taken steps to correct those issues, including arranging an informational session with a representative from the state unemployment office and the plant to help educate employees on the certification process,” FCA told The Free Press in a statement. “We understand that this is frustrating for our employees, but are confident that the issues have been resolved and future payments will be received in a timely manner.”