Like everyone else Chrysler
is looking at all possible options for cutting energy costs. The latest idea to be put forward is not a new one, but it could be effective. At the annual Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse
City MI, Chrysler EVP for manufacturing Frank Ewasyshyn put forward the idea of switching plants that are currently running on a single shift to a 4 day/10 hour schedule. The 4 day schedule would would save both the company and employees money. Workers would immediately cut their commuting costs by 20 percent. Chrysler plants have already cut energy use by 15 percent measured on a per vehicle basis. The company is currently talking to the UAW
about the 4 day work week schedule but hasn't set a date for the switch. In spite of the longer work day, most workers aren't expected to object to the longer weekends.
[Source: Detroit Free Press