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FREIGHTLINER CUTS PAY, BENEFITS

Freightliner has cut pay and benefits for thousands of non-union workers in another sign the largest commercial truck maker in North America is struggling.

Freightliner operates an American LaFrance fire engine plant in the Town of Hamburg.

The company said it will cut pay by 5 percent, require medical and prescription drug co-payments and scrap this year's bonus for 13,100 non-union employees, including 1,800 in Portland.

"These changes are necessary to address Freightliner's current financial position and to ultimately return the company to profitability," said Freightliner spokesman Chris Brandt. "This is one component of our turnaround plan."

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