GM moving ahead with salaried job cuts, says modest number in Canada

Gladys Abbott
February 5, 2019

Prior to announcing the cuts, GM had hoped to reduce its workforce through voluntary buyouts offered to 17,700 employees, but the acceptance rate initially was low.

Pat Morrissey, a GM spokesman, said a "vast majority" of the layoffs - expected to be approximately 4,000 people - will be implemented in the next two weeks on a staff-by-staff, location-by-location basis.

All employees who get cut will receive job placement services and access to companies that have expressed interest in the employees, GM said.

GM cut about 1,500 contract workers in December, 2018, and said 2,300 salaried workers accepted buyouts, officials said.

The restructuring also includes the planned shutdown of the company's Oshawa Assembly Plant at a loss of about 2,600 unionized jobs and four other plants in the U.S.

Now, GM is putting the plan into action by starting to hand out pink slips to roughly 4,000 salaried workers.

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GM is also cutting its executive ranks by 25 percent.

The largest USA automaker announced in November it would cut a total of about 15,000 jobs and end production at five North American plants.

The layoffs are part of a larger restructuring plan that was first announced in November, the Detroit Free Press reported. GM said in November it would end USA and Canadian production of the Chevrolet Cruze, Volt, Impala, the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac XTS and CT6 sedans.

We've been expecting layoffs at General Motors since November, 2018.

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.

In January, Comprehensive Logistics said it would cease operations at its facility in Lordstown that provides logistics and warehousing, a move that impacts about 180 jobs.

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