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Retired Jeep workers worried amid merger talk

"What if they merge, and we lose that pension check?" Cheryl Allen asks six months into her retirement. "What if they merge, and we lose that pension check?" Cheryl Allen asks six months into her retirement.
Dave Kuchincski, the chairman of the retiree group, says he has few answers. "We send them to the proper people," he says. Dave Kuchincski, the chairman of the retiree group, says he has few answers. "We send them to the proper people," he says.

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TOLEDO (WTOL) - With each truck that rolled off the line came a promise... work for Jeep and a good life is set in stone.

"At one time, we were booming. We were going strong," says retired employee Donna Gentry.

When your final shift was over, a healthy pension was a guarantee.

"The greatest thing in the world was to put my in 30 years and have something to fall back on," Cheryl Allen tells News 11.

Like the future of Chrysler, the future of its retirees is uncertain. This comes only six months into Allen's retirement. "What if they merge, and we lose that pension check?" she asks, "Oh my gosh, what would I do then?"

The questions are rolling into UAW Local 12, but Dave Kuchincski, the chairman of the retiree group, says he has few answers. "We send them to the proper people," he says, "Like at Jeep, we have a list of people that can tell them if they've got a problem with their insurance. They sort of give them a date to watch out for an announcement... to set them at ease."

Dave says there are no guarantees. "With this merger, who knows. There was a report on TV that 30,000 Chrysler people can lose their jobs over this merger. It could wipe out the whole Chrysler Corporation for gosh sakes."

For now, all members can do is plan for the worst. "As far as planning," Allen says, "I think I made the plan when I retired. I should be secure. Now if something happens to that pension check, that's another question."

"It's scary. It's scary for everybody," Kuchincski says.

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