GM Wants to Rehire Laid Off Workers

May 8, 2019
CEO Mary Barra says GM has a job for everyone affected by recent plant closures but the jobs are at other plants, in some cases, across the country.

May 8, 2019—General Motors announced it is doing everything it can to soften the blow of plant closures, according to a report by The Detroit Free PressBy the end of 2019 the automaker said it would idle four plants in the U.S. and one in Canada.

CEO Mary Barra said the company has jobs for everyone affected by the closures but the jobs are at other plants and in some cases, across the country.

Still, GM said it is working hard to get the nearly 1,500 workers who will remain laid off back on the payroll.

By the end of April, GM had transferred about 1,305 of the nearly 2,800 affected to jobs at its other U.S. plants, said company spokesman Dan Flores. Here is the breakdown:

  • 593 workers transferred from Detroit-Hamtramck after Chevrolet Volt and Buick LaCrosse production ceased.
  • 670 from Lordstown Assembly in Ohio.
  • 28 from Warren Transmission.
  • 14 from Baltimore Operations.

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