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Posted: 4:08 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
GASTON COUNTY, N.C. —
Employees at two different plants in Gaston County will be taking seven furlough days this month.
A Freightliner company will shut its doors temporarily forcing more than 25,000 workers to not be paid for several days.
These employees have had four furlough days already this year.
"I can't face another layoff. We just now getting back. We have been back a little over a year," said one of the 1,400 Mount Holly Plant employees.
Last year, the plant rolled out its 1,000th hybrid truck. The new model created more jobs.
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama visited the plant and called Freightliner an example of business done right.
Union workers blame the tight political race for the slowdown in work orders.
Demand at the plant dropped in half during the last two months.
Some union workers told Channel Nine they believe there will be a boom in orders after November and the possibility of adding even more jobs.
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