Large Portion of GM’s Closure-Affected Workers Have Yet to Find Other GM Jobs

Last year, GM announced that five factories in the US and Canada would be idled by the end of this year. A move that put around 2,800 hourly workers in jeopardy. GM CEO Mary Barra said that the company has jobs for all of those people, but has it really worked out that way? The Detroit Free Press reports.

The report says that 1,305 of the workers have been transferred to other plants. That includes 593 from Detroit-Hamtramck, where Chevy Volt and Buick Lacrosse were built, 670 from Lordstown, Ohio, home of the Cruze, but smaller numbers from other facilities. The Hamtramck plant has gotten an operating extension, still building the Impala and Cadillac CT6 until likely sometime early next year.

The Free Press says that their figures leave 508 workers currently laid off and awaiting transfer. A total 1,473 haven’t yet found a new job, but 965 are still working at plants that haven’t yet closed. The Free Press said that a GM spokesperson said its math was right, but that “there are employees that are still in the process of being placed.” Adding that “we will have opportunities at other locations as we work our way through 2019, including at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Arlington, Texas, as they prepare for launches.”

GM has given many of those, especially at Lordstown, “involuntary requests” UAW Local 1112 president David Green told the Free Press. That means that if they didn’t agree to relocate to the assigned facility they would lose healthcare, benefits, and the ability to transfer to any other GM plant.

At the end of last month, GM CFO Dhivya Suryadevara told reporters that further cuts weren’t expected. But a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing the same day said that GM was leaving open the possibility of more cuts. It said that “We may execute additional initiatives in the future, if necessary, to streamline manufacturing capacity and reduce other costs to improve the utilization of remaining facilities.”

[source: Detroit Free Press]

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