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Daimler to cut up to 2,100 jobs

Jason Cannon January 30, 2013

Daimler Trucks announced Wednesday the company plans to eliminate up to 2,100 jobs globally as they look to bolster profitability.

As many as 1,300 production jobs in North America are targeted in the cut back, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.

The company has begun negotiations with the United Auto Workers union on pending North American job cuts.

A Daimler spokesman told Bloomberg the company was notifying production workers of possible layoffs two months in advance per accordance with federal guidelines. 

Bloomberg reported the company also plans to cut 800 non-production positions in Germany through voluntary departures.

Joe Kear, a representative with the International Association of Machinists District W24 Lodge in Portland, Ore., told The Portland Business Journal he expects 250 workers to be laid off in Portland next month. After the cuts, Kear said, he expects the plant to transition from two shifts to one.

Daimler spokesman David Giroux says the company would release more details Thursday.

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