Wednesday, November 09, 2016

GM to Lay Off 2,000 Autoworkers in Michigan, Ohio
November 9 at 5:56 PM

Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVs is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January, the company said Wednesday.

GM said it will suspend the third shifts at factories in Lordstown, Ohio, and Lansing, Mich., because of the market change, which is growing and shows no sign of abating.

About 1,250 workers will be furloughed at the Lordstown plant, which makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact car, starting Jan. 23. Another 840 will be idled at the Lansing Grand River factory, which makes the Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac ATS and CTS luxury cars, when their shifts end Jan. 16.

“It’s supply and demand, and right now the demand is not there for what we have,” said Glenn Johnson, president of a United Auto Workers union local at the Lordstown plant.

Sales of the Cruze are down nearly 20 percent this year. ATS and CTS sales are down about 17 percent each, while Camaro sales are off nine percent.

GM doesn’t know when the workers will be called back, said spokesman Tom Wickham. Laid-off workers will get state unemployment benefits and supplemental pay.

— Associated Press

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