GM cutting 4,000 workers in latest round of restructuring

HAMTRAMCK MI- OCTOBER 11 Assembly line workers assemble Chevy Volt electric vehicles and Opel Amperas at the General Motors Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant

A statement from GM Canada to the Toronto Sun stated reductions in salaried workers were announced as part of their November 26 restructuring plans, and that these layoffs would begin in the first quarter of 2019.

Many salaried workers inside GM have said they and colleagues have been on pins and needles for the past two months, ever since GM said it would make involuntary cuts. But 2,700 US workers will be offered jobs at other factories.

Two people briefed on the cuts said GM is cutting hundreds of jobs at its information technology centres in Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Michigan and more than 1,000 jobs at its Warren, Michigan Tech Center. Yet its plans to cut thousands of jobs and close five plants sparked outrage late past year from President Trump and congressional Republicans and Democrats. "We are taking action now while the overall economy and job market are strong, increasing the ability of impacted employees to continue to advance in their careers, should they choose to do so".

GM is filing new required mass layoff notices with state agencies and disclosed the cuts to lawmakers.

The company said that about 18,000 non-unionized workers across its North American operations were eligible for the buyout package.

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In all, about 4,000 workers in its North American operations will be terminated, part of a broader series of cuts expected to save the automaker billions of dollars and help it prepare for an expected slowdown of the US automotive market during the next several years. Last week the company laid off three senior people in its Washington office.

President Donald Trump and USA and Canadian lawmakers have blasted GM's plans to end production at plants in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio and Maryland. These include the Chevrolet Cruze, the Cadillac CT6, the Chevrolet Volt hybrid and the Buick LaCrosse.

But the automaker has taken serious heat for the plant closings and job cuts, with Barra facing days of critical meetings on Capitol Hill, as well as excoriating tweets from President Donald Trump.

About 2,500 workers will be affected by the shutdown of the Oshawa plant.

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