LAKE CITY (KTTC-DT) -- Automotive parts supplier Federal-Mogul has laid off 43 more unionized workers and ten more management employees at its Powertrain System division plant in Lake City. The cuts were made last week, and there are rumbles that there may be more layoffs this week because of the difficult business environment that continues.
Pat Murphy, with Lake City's Economic Development Alliance, said a friend of his just lost his job at Federal-Mogul, an engineer with 14 years at the company.
"They cut people with up to 17 years seniority in the plant," said Dan Luhman, vice president of Boilermakers Union Local 650. "I would have been cut too if I had not been a supervisor."
Luhman told KTTC NewsCenter that since mid-December, 146 union employees and possibly as many as 16 management staff have lost their jobs at the two Federal-Mogul plants in Lake City. That leaves roughly 360 workers at the Powertrain Systems and TP Liners divisions.
The union official says the 60 still on the production lines at the TP Liners plant have settled into work schedules that may hold for a time.
"Orders keep being cancelled," said Luhman. "The company is trying to drum up new business, and we're all hoping it will turn around. But they are calling them 'permanent' layoffs."
It is much the same story at auto parts maker TRW, which trimmed 42 salaried employees from its three Winona-area plants about two weeks ago. A TRW spokesman, John Wilkerson, told reporters at that time that there were 520 employees still on the job at the three plants in Winona, Minnesota, and Ettrick and Galesville, Wisconsin.
TRW has shifted about 150 jobs since last summer to a plant in Mexico, in a cost-cutting move.
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