Caterpillar layoffs to begin today

(Aurora, Illinois)  —  Today is the last day of work for an unknown number of Aurora Caterpillar employees being cut in one of many companywide cost-reduction measures.

Another group of employees are expected to be laid off April 24, Caterpillar spokesman Jim Dugan said this week.

About 500 local production workers and 96 support staffer and managers learned in January that they were to lose their jobs in mid-April. Other Caterpillar plants will lose employees this month, including workers in Decatur and East Peoria.

The close to 600 layoffs this month are separate from the 815 layoffs hitting the plant this summer. Last month, Caterpillar announced that about 665 production workers and 150 support and management employees would be laid off in June.

In all, the cuts amount to 1,411 layoffs to come at the plant in Oswego Township this year, the second-largest amount of layoffs among Caterpillar’s Illinois facilities.

In fall 2007, Caterpillar was estimated to employ 3,600 people locally. Based on that figure, the total amount of layoffs signal a 39.1 percent drop in its local work force.

By ROWENA VERGARA

SOURCE:  www.suburbanchicagonews.com

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