Chrysler will be hiring more than 1,000 part-time employees to meet the demands of it's Ohio assembly plant. The Toledo-based plant assembles parts for Chrysler's Jeep model.
Plant Manager Chuck Padden said in a statement the main reason for the employment additions is to give full-time workers a much needed break.
"Our people have been working a tremendous amount of hours," Padden said. "To get them more time off is important to us, to make sure they're refreshed, and can work safely."
Padden estimates that full-time workers are working an average of 60 hours a week. Although many employees enjoy overtime, the long work sessions are beginning to wear on employees. United Auto Workers Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower said full-time workers have worked through harsh conditions.
"They've worked through the Christmas shutdown the last couple years; they've worked through summer shutdowns," Baumhower said. "Summertime's coming; they've got kids in Little League and other things. They've done an unbelievable job of carrying the load."
Chrysler has hired 380 temporary employees in 2014 with more than 50 of them taking on full-time positions.
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