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GM slashing 15% of N. American jobs, discontinuing several vehicle models

GM slashing 15% of N. American jobs, discontinuing several vehicle models

We may disagree on politics sometimes but we're united on making sure that we support the people that are possibly losing their jobs coming up in the GM plant and all their suppliers, Ford said.

America's largest vehicle maker said some workers would transfer to SUV and truck factories, which are increasing their output because of growing demand.

General Motors Co.'s pre-emptive strike to get leaner before the next downturn likely will be followed by Ford Motor Co., which has said it is restructuring and will lay off an unspecified number of white-collar workers. They could get new vehicles to build or close altogether. Production began on November 7, 1953, and in the 1980s the plant employed roughly 23,000 people.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he spoke to Barra on Sunday to express his "deep disappointment" with the closure.

OH lawmakers urged GM to reconsider.

GM plans to lay off about 6,000 factory workers.

GM had been expected to close plants because of struggling sales.

An auto worker inspects finished SUVs at General Motors' Arlington plant.

Bains said the consumer preferences were the basis for the decision and the closure was related to the decline in demand for GM's sedan vehicles and increased demand for vehicles like trucks.

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The company says 5,901 hourly employees and 804 salaried employees work at these plants.

And just three years ago, Oshawa took a hit when GM moved production of the Chevrolet Camaro to MI, slicing 1,000 jobs in Ontario. Barra said the company will double resources dedicated to electric and self-driving vehicles over the next two years.

Ontario is set to send in its re-employment training body, a type of employment SWAT team used in cases of mass job loss, to provide services that might include funds to relocate to other communities where there are positions or retraining.

"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 Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in an official statement. "We think it is appropriate to do it at this time while the company is strong and the economy is strong".

GM now builds just one vehicle in China that it exports to the United States - the Buick Envision. "They told me straight up there's nothing we can do". It announced similar fates for three factories in MI and one in OH, and said it would also close two unspecified facilities outside North America. Also affected are transmission factories in Warren, Michigan, as well as Baltimore.

But both federal and provincial governments are signalling there's little they can do now to save a key component of the company's Canadian operations as executives pursue a global shakeup in response to slumping auto sales.

Lordstown, which has dropped from three shifts to one in recent years, exclusively produces the Chevrolet Cruze. GM wouldn't disclose how many employees have accepted the buyout.

GM in recent years has worked to slice costs, with a goal of $6.5 billion in cuts this year alone.

"While the union does not have complete details of the overall announcement we have been informed that, as of now, there is no product allocated to the Oshawa Assembly Plant past December 2019".

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