The nation's three top automakers disclosed plans Thursday to further temporarily idle thousands of hourly workers next week and into early March because of vehicle sales continue to be lackluster.

While idled auto workers receive up to 95 percent of their take-home pay under United Auto Workers and Canadian Auto Workers contracts, such layoffs have become routine among top automakers, as they temporarily shut plants or slow output because of the sluggish economy and concerns over the Persian Gulf war.