Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

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

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

Now, GM is putting the plan into action by starting to hand out pink slips to roughly 4,000 salaried workers. Originally reported by The Detroit News, the report comes nine weeks after GM made a decision to halt production at five North American plants and began negotiations with the United Automobile Workers union.

GM said that the employees who are laid off will be offered severance packages and job placement services.

General Motors will begin the process of terminating over 4,000 salaried workers on Monday, February 4, according to a recent report.

Numerous layoffs will happen at GM's technical center near Detroit.

'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'.

In November, the company said it wanted to cut 8,000 salaried and contract workers so it can raise profit margins and invest more in autonomous and electric vehicles.

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GM said earlier in 2018 that it would discontinue certain auto models over the next several years, but the gravity and timing of these changes was not as predictable from the outside perspective. Yet its plans to cut thousands of jobs and close five plants sparked outrage late a year ago from President Trump and congressional Republicans and Democrats.

GM is filing new required mass layoff notices with state agencies and disclosed the cuts to lawmakers. The layoffs follow a 2018 reduction of 1,500 positions in GM's contract workforce.

GM is also cutting its executive ranks by 25 percent. Last week the company laid off three senior people in its Washington office. Some other small salaried layoffs previously took place. At the same time, it announced plans to close four USA plantsas well as a fifth in Canada.

Trump has said that he let GM CEO Mary Barra have it during a telephone call in which he was "very tough".

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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