Mon. 11:10 a.m.: Delphi to lay off 26 local workers

WARREN – Budget issues at one of Delphi’s local plants will cost 26 workers their jobs, union leaders confirmed.

Although the permanent cutbacks, effective Sept. 18, will take place division wide, the move will result in the downsizing of Plant 11’s workforce.

Workers with the least amount of seniority will be laid off, said Brian Lutz, shop chairman of IUE-CWA Local 717, the union that represents workers in the company’s Warren operations.

“It’s a very sad day for Warren,” Lutz said. “We tried everything under the sun to prevent this from happening, but at end of day there really wasn’t very much room to move.”

At one time, Delphi’s local operations employed some 10,000 workers. After this round of layoffs, the company, which supplies components used to make harnesses for the automotive industry, will have 650 hourly union workers.

Read more in Tuesday’s Tribune Chronicle.