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JANESVILLE —http://gazettextra.com/news/2008/apr/28/gm-hits-brakes/


General Motors’ officials were expected to announce production cuts today that could eliminate one shift of workers at the assembly plant in Janesville.

Sources indicated the cuts could take effect in July and that they also could reach other GM plants that build full-size sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

The elimination of one shift in Janesville would appear to be GM’s response to skyrocketing gas prices and continued sluggish SUV sales.

About 2,500 hourly employees now work two shifts at the plant. Hundreds of others work at local companies that supply the GM plant. On its face, the elimination of one shift would involve about 1,250 jobs at GM and several hundred others throughout the local economy.

Just how many GM employees would be affected by the move is uncertain because the automaker has early retirement and buyout offers on the table.

Last fall’s national contract agreement between GM and the United Auto Workers set the stage for the buyout and retirement offers. While guaranteeing some jobs, the deal allows the automakers to hire “second-tier” workers at wage and benefit rates that are expected to be about 50 percent below what current UAW members are paid. For most positions, new hires would be paid about $14 per hour........
 

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These are BOF trucks. Nothing can be done. Demand is falling for this type of product. Some workers at this plant actually started a contracting company to assemble wind turbines in wisconsin.
 

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Sad to see. I hope GM has taken this segment's loss into account when it reviews their books. They can't count on the 900's like the "old days" to keep them afloat anymore. It's up to the hybrids and fuel efficient sedans.
 

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Well it's always sad news to hear of people losing jobs, but I read an article a while back on "Factory Towns" and Janesville was featured. According to the article, years back Janesville-Beloit regional officials began working in earnest to diversify the local economy so the area wouldn't be devastated if GM closed its assembly plant.

Plant closings aren't so bad if the area economy can absorb the displaced workers.
 
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