Time to choose: Daimler and Chrysler employees pick sides

As days go by, the split between Daimler and Chrysler is starting to look like a real life divorce. Just yesterday Daimler was already accused of rebounding with BMW after its divorce from Chrysler. Today the employees, or kids if you will, of DaimlerChrysler are being asked to decide who they’ll stick with.

With the divorce finalized this month, 41 employees have until this Friday to decide whether they’ll go to the new Chrysler or stick with Daimler. About 20 American employees have decided to return home to the United States from Germany and 10 Germans in Auburn Hills, Michigan., have decided to return to Germany.

Seven German employees of Daimler have decided to joining Chrysler and remain in Auburn Hills, while four Americans have decided to join Daimler and will remain in Germany.

The Friday deadline applies to all employees except for those who are involved in ongoing joint projects between the Daimler and Chrysler.

Among those are engineers working Bluetec diesel engines that will be used in Chrysler vehicles. About 125 Germans will be sticking around in Auburn Hills working on a two-stage hybrid engine project. 10 Chrysler employees will stay in Germany to finish up their joint projects.

Cerberus Capital Management now owns 80.1 percent of Chrysler in a $7.4 billion deal with Daimler.

 

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