Daimler to layoff 39 from Freightline...

Daimler to layoff 39 from Freightliner parts plant in Gastonia

There are 47 comments on the The Gaston Gazette story from Oct 28, 2008, titled Daimler to layoff 39 from Freightliner parts plant in Gastonia. In it, The Gaston Gazette reports that:

Daimler Trucks North America plans to lay off 39 people at its Freightliner parts plant in Gastonia at the end of this week, along with an estimated 550 layoffs previously announced at the Freightliner plant in ...

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Thomas Sinclaire

Ether, NC

#1 Oct 28, 2008
Just wondering if these jobs are going to Brazil where daimler is spending 868 million on plant expansion. the engines that are in other trucks being sold in the usa comes from the brazil plant. this new plant will be mfg parts for RV, Buses and trucks.just in time for CAFTA.
Answer Man

Charlotte, NC

#2 Oct 29, 2008
Thomas, you can always move to Brazil.
Thomas Sinclaire

Ether, NC

#3 Jan 13, 2009
Well it is true. The Gastonia parts plant may be closed by the end of 2009. As i researched in oct of 08 i found a news story from Brazil that Daimler was expanding an older plant in Brazil to make trucks, buses ,rv chassis and parts it will have about 12000 to 18000 employees.Call around to the Freightliner Truck lots and ask about their trucks that come with the Mercedes Benz engine ask if it is the German engine or the Brazil engine. you will find that it will be the Brazil engine in a Mexico built truck. Freightliner is saying there are no mexican trucks in the usa!!Wow how did those mexican built trucks get to dealer lots in the usa!!!
Answer Man

Charlotte, NC

#4 Jan 15, 2009
I hope union members are prepared to join the workforce of non-union wages. Now, semi-skilled labor will be paid semi-skilled wages as it should be.
DJR88

Huntersville, NC

#5 Jan 15, 2009
No...All of us employees including managers, supervisors, production workers, etc. are getting prepared to go back to college on your tax dollars. Watch out one of us may take your job.
Answer Man

Charlotte, NC

#6 Jan 15, 2009
DJR88 wrote:
No...All of us employees including managers, supervisors, production workers, etc. are getting prepared to go back to college on your tax dollars. Watch out one of us may take your job.
Good luck with that, big guy. If you are truthful on your resume, the work experience from Freightliner will tell a hiring manager exactly what type of environment you are comfortable in. I don't have to say any more. You know what I mean.
DJR88

Huntersville, NC

#7 Jan 16, 2009
Answer Man wrote:
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Good luck with that, big guy. If you are truthful on your resume, the work experience from Freightliner will tell a hiring manager exactly what type of environment you are comfortable in. I don't have to say any more. You know what I mean.
Or they can just call and ask the managers that's on the resume. Most of us have nothing to hide!!
Answer Man

Charlotte, NC

#8 Jan 16, 2009
DJR88 wrote:
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Or they can just call and ask the managers that's on the resume. Most of us have nothing to hide!!
Uh, according to Freightliner workers, it is management at Freightliner that ruined the place. Who am I to believe? The managers or the union members? Maybe neither?

It's easier just to skip over a Freightliner resume and go to more reasonable candidates. After all, I don't want my new employees picketing and demanding better wages and benefits.
Thomas Sinclair

Charlotte, NC

#9 Mar 20, 2009
the answer man is full of ??? Dont waste your time in response to it. These people who have never work in heavy industry dont know what its like. And where do these people get the ideal of unskilled labor!! some of these people who are Jealous of any high paying job cant even change their oil in a car.Most workers at freightliner and other plants have a number of skills such as welding, industrial maintenance and many have degrees and diplomas. Some people are happy when good paying jobs are lost!! And as for unions, please tell me what is the cause of all these low paying jobs such as textiles that have moved to mexico. These companys where making great profits chose to move anyway!!! The fact is that many jobs that are union are holding on in the USA longer than non union jobs.I remember when many towns in the south would not let a good paying company open up because the higher wages would take away workers from the textile giants. That is why workers in the south have struggled many years for good wages.
Freightliner relative

Charlotte, NC

#10 Mar 31, 2009
I can't get our relative laid off from Freightliner to go to school, check on benefits, or look for jobs as if they were getting up to go to work every day, since looking for a job is now his job, nothing pays enough, and e is living in some pipe dream that he may get called back to work, so is sitting on it and trying to borrow, as in we are ever going to see that money again, from the family He needs to take every advantage of programs no other people laid off of their jobs other then freightliner has at their disp[osal, he seems to just want to run out benefit money, then what is he going to do, not get any more off of me
Freightliner relative

Charlotte, NC

#11 Mar 31, 2009
Our freightliner relative is driving us nuts. He so far has not gone to schol, just can not make up his mind what to take, says no jobs are out there, nothing pays enough, has not taken advantage of program to pay his house payments for 24 months, wants to keep collecting money and work off of books, wants to get a hand out from elderly relatives, not good, know others look at trying to find employment as their now job, look daily, then you have ones like our relative, and it is a shame, freightliner employees are given programs and benefits that noother people have access to who are laid off from their jobs. He should be going to school, taking advantage of all the other programs and getting ready for the reset of his life, instead of waiting to runout money, as well as trying to get a hand out from the family.
UAW Local President

Charlotte, NC

#13 Apr 10, 2009
Dear Freightliner Relative,

Some workers that get laid-off sometimes blame themselves for being laid-off and could become somewhat depressed, although I do not know your relatives specific situation, they may need some support.

Support that person, perhaps they need some counseling or some other type of support.

Hopefully, they have not run out of insurance benefits where counseling is available. Contact his UAW benefits representative, or the local union office and they can get you in contact with the right person.

God Bless...

George Drexel
UAW Local 3520 President
Doug

Charlotte, NC

#14 Apr 12, 2009
Thanks george for the support.Wish our union leaders at mt.holly would have listened to us over a year ago when you could see the shift of our products south.They said that the company claimed that they are not building any of our trks.down there.U.A.W.leaders would"nt listen!!!Also wondering where is Roger Penske and Ryder and other trucking companys.Are they being built in mexico?Our only hope is if the drug lords and gangs take over the plant down there!!!!Heard they were stealing trks.already and shooting windows out!!NO SUPPORT FOR OUR UNION OR GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!DOUG''''''
scott

Auburn, AL

#15 Apr 13, 2009
they are suilding trucks in mexico or i should say our m2 trucks. only company i saw standing behinde us was coca-cola right now
Doug wrote:
Thanks george for the support.Wish our union leaders at mt.holly would have listened to us over a year ago when you could see the shift of our products south.They said that the company claimed that they are not building any of our trks.down there.U.A.W.leaders would"nt listen!!!Also wondering where is Roger Penske and Ryder and other trucking companys.Are they being built in mexico?Our only hope is if the drug lords and gangs take over the plant down there!!!!Heard they were stealing trks.already and shooting windows out!!NO SUPPORT FOR OUR UNION OR GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!DOUG''''''
SayItAintSo

Greenville, SC

#16 Apr 15, 2009
I hear that thet pay grade is $90 week for the Mexican laborer.What has this country came to.What happened to MADE IN USA?This is UNREAL!
Complete tyranny!
one who knows the answer

Matthews, NC

#17 Apr 23, 2009
Answer Man wrote:
I hope union members are prepared to join the workforce of non-union wages. Now, semi-skilled labor will be paid semi-skilled wages as it should be.
So Answer Man you have never done a days worth of work in your life.... you would not last an hour on any production line at any Freightliner plant.... even in mexico
Answer Woman

United States

#18 Sep 2, 2009
Why do you think you know everything...its obvious to me your answers are geared towards management. I feel sorry for you. Hope you never lose a job
Answer Woman

United States

#19 Sep 2, 2009
Lets hope Duke Energy realizes the error of their way and upon their return from their all expense paid trip to Mexico realize MADE IN THE USA means something and a signed contract means EVERYTHING.
Disgusted

Charlotte, NC

#20 Sep 2, 2009
This country has gone to the dogs. As bad as it may sound, I am extremely ashamed of this country and of being an American.
Proud American

Lexington, KY

#21 Sep 3, 2009
Disgusted wrote:
This country has gone to the dogs. As bad as it may sound, I am extremely ashamed of this country and of being an American.
Well if you are so ashamed of our Country and ashamed of being an American why don`t you get up and move to another Country where everything is so much better off then your butt would see just how good you had it living in the good Ole USA dipwad !!

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