GM to lay off about 4000 salaried workers

Venus Walker of Warren Ohio and a GM employee with 12 years at the Lordstown plant prays during a vigil outside the Lordstown GM plant on Nov. 29 2018

Black Monday GM to Layoff 4K American White Collar Workers William D. Lewis The Vindicator via AP1 Feb 2019

Prior to announcing the cuts, GM had hoped to reduce its workforce through voluntary buyouts offered to 17,700 employees, but the acceptance rate initially was low.

Canada spokesperson Jennifer Wright declined to say how many jobs were eliminated or how many people may be laid off, sending a statement that read, "We expect to have a modest number of other salaried reductions completed shortly".

The job cuts are part of what GM describes as efforts to improve its operating efficiency.

'These actions are necessary to secure the future of the company, including preserving thousands of jobs in the USA and globally, ' GM spokesperson Pat Morrissey said, adding that the bulk of the cuts should be completed within the next two weeks.

The automaker is expected to start its next round of white-collar job cuts Monday, but the carmaker apparently has fewer staff reductions left to make than has been anticipated.

Beyond the salaried workers who face job cuts, another 6,000 hourly workers at the five plants could still find their positions in jeopardy because of the restructuring. "We are taking action now while the overall economy and job market are strong, increasing the ability of impacted employees to continue to advance in their careers, should they choose to do so". Most work on components for internal combustion engines and discontinued auto models.

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The company says 2,200 white-collar employees took buyouts, while another 1,500 contract workers were let go.

When GM CEO Mary Barra made the announcement, she met with legislators on Capitol Hill about why her company planned to close four American plants.

The automaker is cutting blue-collar and white-collar staff, though numerous hourly employees will remain on the job until their factories complete the build-out of targeted models like the Chevrolet Cruze built in Lordstown, Ohio, as well as the Cadillac XTS rolling off an assembly line in Detroit.

The automaker also is working with Canadian universities and government officials to assist some 3,000 workers affected by the closure of an Ontario plant, a GM spokesman said.

Last month, Comprehensive Logistics said it would cease operations at its facility in Lordstown that provides logistics and warehousing, impacting about 180 jobs.

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