By Chris Dyches, WBTV
Hundreds of people could soon be out of a job as Daimler Trucks North America warns of possible job cuts nationwide.
According to company officials, DTNA "is in the process of notifying production workers across DTNA's North American manufacturing facilities of a potential layoff in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act."
Daimler has not confirmed how many people could lose their jobs in the Charlotte area.
But employees told WBTV as many as 80 people could lose their jobs in Gastonia, possibly 400 in Mount Holly and up to 715 in Cleveland.
"It hurts. It's a hardship on everybody. You don't ever want to lose a job," said one employee.
A spokesman for the company would not give an exact number. The company is expected to release more information on Thursday.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs.
This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their representatives.
"We hate to see anybody get laid off," said Mt. Holly resident Jack Stetzer.
WARN also stipulates that if there is a mass layoff, which does not result from a plant closing, but which will result in an employment loss at the employment site during any 30-day period for 500 or more employees, or a third of the employer's active workforce, notice must be given.
Freightliner plants in Gastonia and Mount Holly reportedly employ approximately 2,900 people.