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Chrysler's looming shake-up has engine workers on edge

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Chrysler's looming shake-up has engine workers on edge

At Chrysler's two engine plants on Detroit's east side, production has declined and so has workers' confidence in their future.

The president of United Auto Workers Local 51, which represents about 1,500 workers at Chrysler's Mack I and Mack II engine plants, sent a sobering three-page letter to his members late last week.

"Unfortunately most of the news is not very good news for us in UAW Local 51," Lorenzo Poole wrote in the letter obtained by The Detroit News. "We have been bombarded with massive layoffs at Mack I and tons of rumors and uncertainty at Mack II."

The factory workers are on edge as the Auburn Hills-based Chrysler Group, a unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, prepares to announce a major downsizing Feb. 14 that is expected to include plant closings, production slowdowns and job cuts.

The Detroit News

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