General Motors To Axe 15% Of Its Workers While Closing 5 North America Plants

Posted by at 12:28 pm on November 26, 2018

General Motors announced today of plans to lay off 15 percent of its workers and shutter five plants in North America

The 5 factories (3 assembly plants and 2 powertrain plants) are:

  • Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit.
  • Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio.
  • Baltimore Operations in White Marsh, Maryland.
  • Warren Transmission Operations in Warren, Michigan.

The company said it was “transforming its global workforce to ensure it has the right skill sets for today and the future, while driving efficiencies through the utilization of best-in-class tools.”

“The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us the flexibility to invest in the future,” GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra said. “We recognize the need to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success.”

A similar announcement by Harley Davidson back in August that it was planning to shift some production jobs overseas resulted in a swift backlash from Trump, who went as far to encourage his followers to boycott the company.

Unifor, Canada’s largest union, issued a statement calling on General Motors Canada to keep the plant open past December 2019.

“Oshawa Assembly is GM’s most decorated plant with a highly skilled, committed workforce,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Additionally, the USMCA provides the Canadian auto industry with firm footing so walking away after a hundred year history of manufacturing makes no sense.”

“Unifor does not accept the closure of the plant as a foregone conclusion,” said Dias.

GM has shifted its focus on electric, ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles while eliminating poor-selling models. Industry insiders and Wall Street have praised the move.

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