DaimlerChrysler Corp. will lay off 2,715 salaried workers by March 31, based on the 54% eligible for early retirement choosing to take the paid exit. Cost-cutting measures dictated 6,800 salaried must go, including 1,800 contract workers. The 54% take rate exceeds the 50% the company forecast when it sent packages to about 4,000 eligible workers based on age and years of service. It is but one prong of a restructuring plan to return the troubled division to profitability within two ...

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