NUMMI threatens job cuts for first time

February 20, 2009 7:33:45 PM PST
The New United Motors Company in Fremont is threatening to cut jobs for the first time in its 25 year history.

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NUMMI executives confirmed late Friday that they have asked their union workers to start taking unpaid furlough days one day a week, or face the possibility of layoffs.

They have also asked the United Auto Workers to open new contract talks earlier than scheduled.

In a statement, NUMMI said the furloughs are "the best way for team members to share the burden of cost reduction," but that layoffs are something "NUMMI does not want to do."

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