General Motors starting 4,300 white-collar layoffs this week

Roman Schwartz
February 5, 2019

Two people briefed on the cuts said GM is cutting hundreds of jobs at its information technology centers in Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Michigan and more than 1,000 jobs at its Warren, Michigan Tech Center.

Canada spokeswoman Jennifer Wright says the salaried-employee reductions in Canada have mostly been accomplished already through voluntary incentivized packages.

Detroit giant GM is expected to begin laying off 4,250 salaried workers on Monday as part of a 15 percent reduction in the company's white collar jobs, CNN and The Detroit News are reporting. Two separate sources told NBC News that the number of workers who have negotiated separation agreements has escalated in recent weeks, though GM still needs to hand out pink slips to about 4,000 employees next week to meet its target.

Through cuts to salaried contract workers and voluntary buyouts a year ago, the company was almost halfway to that total prior to the internal layoffs.

GM tech centers in Texas, Georgia, Arizona and MI are expected to be hit hardest this time around, as the overall plan will ultimately cut a total of about 15,000 jobs and end production at five North American plants. But 2,700 US workers will be offered jobs at other factories.

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Barra and other executives have noted that not all the workers affected by the plant closings will lose their jobs.

General Motors is also undertaking a 25% reduction in its executive workforce worldwide. Some other small salaried layoffs previously took place. GM started the process in November with voluntary layoffs and announced plant closures.

Michigan - Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly: Manufacturing plant for the Cadillac CT6, the Buick LaCrosse, the Chevrolet Volt, and the Chevrolet Impala.

GM said in November it would end U.S. and Canadian production of the Chevrolet Cruze, Volt, Impala, the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac XTS and CT6 sedans.

GM Canada president Travis Hester has said the future of cars is electric, rather than internal combustion.

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