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Friday, March 29, 2024

Automaker Stellantis (STLA) , which manufactures top car brands such as Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge, laid off about 400 of its U.S. corporate employees late last week, and it used a sneaky new tactic to do it.



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This is such B-------. Yes, it's stressful for people letting others go but just wow. Talk about cold. If I saw an email like that it would by my immediate thought this was the plan - mass firing.

#1 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2024-03-27 11:55 AM | Reply

Talk about cold.

A friend of mine worked at a tech place in Las Vegas back in 2009. They had a fire drill one day and once everyone was outside they told them that they no longer had jobs and locked the doors.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-03-27 11:59 AM | Reply

Corporate America achieving astounding new levels of douchebaggery.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-03-27 12:16 PM | Reply

That's what happens when they Own the legislatures.

This country is not a democracy. It's an open Oligarchy.

Citizens United was the last nail in the coffin of "one man,one vote".

The "Donors" now have supermajorities based on income. Bribery is just "free speech". Ability to pay for policy determines the legal framework for business and property accumulation. Taxes are for "Little People".

"Corporations are people,my Friend".

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-03-27 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

friend of mine worked at a tech place in Las Vegas back in 2009. They had a fire drill one day and once everyone was outside they told them that they no longer had jobs and locked the doors.

I knew a VP that was fired similarly.

C suite douchebag said he wanted to talk and they should go for a walk to have their talk.

Once out on the sidewalk, the VP was informed he no longer worked there and wasn't allowed back in.

The head of the business office went into the VP's office and began gathering his stuff the moment the pair walked out of the office area and took it to him on the sidewalk outside the front door.

Sad thing is the C suite douchebag was and still is the source of the problem that the VP was sacrificed to supposedly fix.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2024-03-27 12:51 PM | Reply


Who wants to have THAT conversation?

#6 | Posted by fresno500 at 2024-03-27 06:38 PM | Reply

"Russians are people, my friend."

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-03-27 10:01 PM | Reply

Been there.

"Time for your performance appraisal. Bring your box."

#8 | Posted by Dbt2 at 2024-03-28 03:40 AM | Reply

Huh. I wonder why they didn't opt for a
Mandatory Bring Your Gun To Work Day
When they wanted to do layoffs.

Anybody know?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-03-29 09:50 AM | Reply

Keeping it Classy Stellantis...(cough)

#10 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-03-29 10:21 AM | Reply

It sucks to trick them into being out of office, but I can also see where it makes sense from a security and safety standpoint. When you fire that many people, odds are high that someone is going to have a mental health crisis, and workplace violence is always a possibility. The fact that you need to fire that many people at once shows you weren't doing a good job of managing your workforce in the first place.

I think the more important question is how were the terminations handled? Was the news delivered with compassion and an appreciation for their contributions? Were they provided with resources to help with job search, EAP counseling, and an extension of health insurance to give them time to transition their health care? A little of that can go a long way.

One of my kids was laid last year with none of these important considerations. They fired a whole team, including recent hires who had just relocated for the job. They did it at the end of the month, so health insurance was terminated immediately, requiring them to cancel a surgery and postpone medication refills until COBRA coverage could be arranged (2 months, and a claims nightmare). Termination was by zoom meeting (by a HR person they had never met) so no written record of reason for termination. They were told it is against policy to provide a letter of recommendation or even that they left in good standing. All their personal job records (awards, commendations, letters of appreciation, job description) were in their google drive and access was cut immediately. I've learned that is typical in the corporate world today, unfortunately.

#11 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2024-03-29 11:39 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Weren't federal plant closing laws written specifically to prevent this kind of crap, from exactly this kind of company?

Those laws need to be significantly strengthened, and they need to come with real penalties for companies.

#12 | Posted by DarkVader at 2024-03-29 12:42 PM | Reply

Weren't federal plant closing laws written specifically to prevent this

Probably doesn't apply here... no plant closed. These were all "Salaried Non-Bargaining Unit" employees.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-03-29 12:50 PM | Reply

" These were all "Salaried Non-Bargaining Unit" employees."

Management-speak for Non-Union.

Join a Union, kids!

#14 | Posted by Danforth at 2024-03-29 01:11 PM | Reply


Are even "corporate" employees typically in a union? I assume that means they aren't working at a plant but rather at the corporate HQ.

#15 | Posted by eberly at 2024-03-29 01:18 PM | Reply

Are even "corporate" employees typically in a union?

Very unusual these days.

#16 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-03-29 01:29 PM | Reply

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