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. In addition, GM will also begin to slash its global executive workforce by 25 percent but has not announced a timeframe in which it will begin white collar layoffs.
These actions are necessary to secure the future of the company, including preserving thousands of jobs in the US and globally.
The job cuts are part of what GM describes as efforts to improve its operating efficiency. Yet its plans to cut thousands of jobs and close five plants sparked outrage late a year ago from President Trump and congressional Republicans and Democrats.
The cuts come after GM's November announcement of dramatic restructuring.
The company says 2,200 white-collar employees took buyouts, while another 1,500 contract workers were let go. "Our focus now is on working with each individual employee on providing severance packages and transition support through job placement services". Last week the company laid off three senior people in its Washington office.
At the same time, it announced plans to close four United States plantsas well as a fifth in Canada. These include the Chevrolet Cruze, the Cadillac CT6, the Chevrolet Volt hybrid and the Buick LaCrosse.
GM Canada president Travis Hester has said the future of cars is electric, rather than internal combustion.
Last month, Comprehensive Logistics said it would cease operations at its facility in Lordstown that provides logistics and warehousing, impacting about 180 jobs.
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.