ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Fiat Chrysler is recalling almost 700,000 SUVs worldwide to fix a problem that can cause the engines to stall.

The recall covers certain 2011 through 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos. Most are in North America.

The company says silicon deposits on the contact points of fuel pump relays can cut off the electrical current and cause engines to stall or fail to start.

Fiat Chrysler says it's not aware of any related crashes or injuries. The relays on some of the vehicles were replaced in a previous recall.

The company is finalizing the repairs and will notify owners when it's time to take their SUVs to dealers.

 

WeWork lays off 2,400 workers

WeWork said on Thursday that it was laying off 2,400 employees around the world, a move that comes weeks after huge losses at the co-working company brought it close to financial collapse.

The layoffs are equivalent to nearly 20% of the 12,500 employees WeWork said it had at the end of June. The company is also expected to shed another 1,000 employees as it closes or sells entities that are not part of its core business of subletting office space. Additionally, roughly 1,000 building maintenance employees will be transferred to outside contractors.

In a statement, a WeWork representative said "the company is making necessary layoffs to create a more efficient organization."

 

McDonald's workers claim they're unsafe

A group of employees from 13 McDonald's restaurants in Chicago filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the company's drive for profits puts workers at "daily risk" of physical attack by dangerous customers.

In the lawsuit filed in Cook County court, the 17 workers say McDonald's has failed to protect them from what they say is a "citywide and nationwide" pattern of violence and that police respond to more than 20 911 calls every day regarding Chicago McDonald's restaurants. They cite several examples of the violence, including an incident in which a customer beat an employee with a sign and another in which a customer urinated on a worker.

"McDonald's has failed, at a systemic level, to protect its workers from violence in the workplace," said Danny Rosenthal, an attorney for the workers. "Throughout the country, McDonald's workers are regularly threatened, assaulted, and injured by customers."

McDonald's said in a statement that "it takes seriously its responsibility to provide and foster a safe working environment for our employees, and along with our franchisees."

 

Mortgage rates decline again

Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.66% this week from 3.75% last week. The average 15-year rate declined to 3.15% from 3.2%.

Rates have fallen sharply in the past year. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that home sales in October rose 4.6% from a year ago. The construction of new homes and apartments jumped nearly 4% in October.

The 30-year rate has dropped from 3.81% last year, while the 15-year rate was nearly 4.25% a year ago.

 

Data firm adds 200 Georgia jobs

A company that sells data management services to businesses is opening its second U.S. office in Atlanta.

Collibra announced Thursday it plans to create more than 200 new jobs in Atlanta over the next three years. Gov. Brian Kemp touted the news as more proof that "Georgia has become a hub for the tech industry."

Collibra was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Brussels and New York. Collibra co-founder and CEO Felix Van de Maele said the company chose Atlanta in part because it's a "a leading tech community" with a "diverse talent pool, and vibrant global culture."

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT