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Published: Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 10:07 AM
By: Hasan Karim
SPRINGFIELD — Navistar is expected to lay off at least 136 workers at its Springfield location starting as early as Monday, according to a union representative at the plant.
Chris Blizard, the president of UAW Local 402, said the lay offs are expected to occur in waves over the next four weeks. His union represents assembly production workers at the Springfield location, which has approximately 2,000 employees.
Blizard said that number was given to him by company officials and is subject to change. He said it only relates to workers represented by his chapter.
“I don’t believe it will increase based on the information that I have right now,” he added.
Blizard said the layoffs are a result of Navistar’s decision to reduce the number of units it produces on its main line, which makes medium-duty commercial trucks.
The company announced last month that it would be reducing production rates at its Springfield plant. Though, main line production was reduced on Aug. 5, it will be reduced again on Monday, Blizard said.
However, line production rates for the plant’s line two, which makes vans for General Motors, is expected to increase on Sept. 16.