BELVIDERE (WREX) — We now know how many laid off employees have received a letter offering them a chance to relocate to return to work full-time.
13 WREX first reported about laid off employees receiving the letters Thursday night.
Now, Stellantis says "about 1,100" employees received a letter. The manufacturer says they have full-time openings at its Toledo Assembly Complex and several Mopar locations.
Employees who were given these letters have three options: accept the offer and relocate, decline the placement or not respond to the letter.
If an employee declines the placement, they will be placed with no company-provided income or benefits, but will maintain their eligibility for other job opportunities.
Failure to respond to the letter at all would lead to termination.
13 WREX obtained the three letters the laid off employees were given. One of the letters requires the employee to respond with a decision by 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22.
Here's Stellantis' full statement:
Stellantis currently has full-time job openings at its Toledo Assembly Complex and several Mopar locations. As per the terms of the UAW-FCA collective bargaining agreement, indefinitely laid off employees can be offered full-time opportunities in other labor markets. As a result, the company sent letters on Oct. 8, 2021, to about 1,100 previously indefinitely laid off Belvidere employees offering them the opportunity to staff those positions and return to work. These employees can either accept or decline the placement. However, as stated in the contract, declining will place them with no company-provided income or benefits, but they will maintain their eligibility for other job opportunities. Laid off employees who fail to respond to the letter will be terminated. We understand this may be a difficult decision for a number of our employees and their families, but it is our goal to get as many people as possible back to full-time employment.