U.S. Automakers Trim Traditional Summer Breaks
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

automobilesSummer is near. That won’t mean as much for workers in the U.S. auto industry this year.

Automakers in Detroit say they are trimming the traditional two-week summer breaks at their factories, in order to speed production and meet a growing demand for new cars and trucks, The Associated Press reports.

Who gets a break and for how long?

Ford Motor Co. says its factories will shut down for one week. General Motors won’t shut down at all. Chrysler will have a two-week break at four of its 10 assembly plants.

The tradition of shutting factories around July 4 is used to do maintenance and change machinery for new car models.

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Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.

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