GM to Lay off 14K Factory Workers in North America

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​Nov. 26, 2018—General Motors will lay off over 14,000 factory and white-collar workers in North America and might close five plants, according to New

The company is restructuring to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles. The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Most of the affected factories build cars that won't be sold in the U.S. after next year.

They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. They will be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.

Plants without products include assembly plants in Detroit; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario. Also affected are transmission factories in Warren, Michigan, as well as Baltimore.​

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