GM expected to start laying off about 4000 workers on Monday

04 February, 2019, 19:38 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • The General Motors headquarters building

General Motors is expected to start a new round of layoffs on Monday, cutting over 4,000 white-collar jobs, according to a report.

Unifor Canada confirmed the layoffs would be confined to salaried and contract workers only, and its members would not be impacted by these cuts.

"We are not confirming timing", General Motors told The Detroit News in a statement. "We don't know how many will be laid off vs relocated".

The president said he was "very tough" on Barra in a phone call after the company announced the closures, and referred to the federal auto bailout money the company received in 2008.

These cuts come after lukewarm interest in the automaker's voluntary buyout packages, an effort to reduce its white-collar salaried and contracted employees by 15%.


The cutbacks that GM says are created to help the company free up $6 billion for development of electric and self-driving vehicles and other industry innovations have been criticized by President Trump, whose base has been working-class middle America.

Workers told the Detroit Free Press they have been anxious about the job cuts since GM announced them late a year ago. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) blasted the move at the time as "corporate greed at its worst".

During his State of the Union address next week, President Trump is expected to tout boosts in American manufacturing as one of his successes in the White House, CNN reported.

Friday's report that 304,000 jobs were created in the USA last month was better than expected. The Trump administration's trade wars and the health of the global economy continue to trigger fears about the nation's economic future.

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