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DuPont workers urged to take unpaid leave

April 16, 2009
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BELLE, WV — Roughly 125 salaried workers at DuPont''s Belle chemical plant have been asked to take two weeks off without pay by the end of the year, according to the Charleston Gazette.
DuPont claims the voluntary unpaid furloughs will save the company money it has lost during the recession, the story stated.
Roger Hess, human resources manager at the Belle plant, said: "DuPont, like everybody else, is having a tough time during the recession. We''re looking at ways to conserve cash and preserve jobs. You can do it a week at a time, or you can do it in single days. The employees can manage it the way they want to."
DuPont has stated that they have no intention to decrease salaries or bonuses for executives.
The voluntary furlough program does not affect the plant''s 270 hourly workers, the story noted.
DuPont''s senior corporate officers have been asked to take three weeks off without pay by the end of the year, the story added.
According to the story, the furloughs are strictly voluntary, so it remains unknown how many, if any employees will participate.
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