Trump says 'not happy' about GM job cuts

Trump says 'not happy' about GM job cuts

While GM is buying out and laying off workers in its core auto operations, the automaker has added close to 1,000 people in the past year at Cruise.

The Lordstown plant became a target in the restructuring as its lone product, the Chevy Cruze sedan variant, has faced drastically plummeting sales over the last calendar year.

The closure of the Oshawa Assembly Plant is part of a shift in the company's global production and has nothing to do with the new U.S. -Mexico-Canada trade agreement, a source familiar with the situation told The Canadian Press Sunday. In 2016, he surprised Hillary Clinton by flipping regions such as Trumbull County, Ohio, near GM's Lordstown plant that now is closing. All the threats from the White House won't change the economic landscape that the Trump administration has helped create, one that is rockier than ever for American manufacturers and the people they employ. The company also plans to stop building several models now assembled at those plants, including the Chevrolet Cruze, the Cadillac CT6 and the Buick LaCrosse. That includes $4 billion in cost cuts and $1.5 billion in reduced capital expenditures.

"The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us the flexibility to invest in the future", GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in an official statement.

President Donald Trump has long promised to boost the U.S. auto industry and bring manufacturing jobs back home.

Some 8,000 salaried employees and 6,000 hourly workers will either lose their jobs or be reassigned to other plants, and more layoffs are likely on the horizon, industry experts said. Some US workers would transfer to truck and SUV plants where GM is increasing output, the company said.

Government sources confirmed to CBC News that the Oshawa General Motors plant is set to close.

The decision, announced Monday, will impact Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio, and Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario.

GM said it will close three North American auto assembly plants next year: the Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada; Hamtramck in Detroit, Michigan and Lordstown in Warren, Ohio. Ohio Gov. John Kasich called it "painful to see this happen to the plant's workers", noting the plant had been working with GM for more than 50 years.

OH politicians are also responding to the announcement.Arno Hill, the mayor of Lordstown, told NPR that he received a call from GM to inform him about five minutes before the news was released to the public.

"If GM Canada is indeed turning its back on 100 years of industry and community - abandoning workers and families in Oshawa - then this is a callous decision that must be fought", she said in a statement.

On the same day that GM announced layoffs of up to 14,000 workers at as many as five plants in North America, including MI and Ohio, Mr. Trump told reporters he had a stern phone call with CEO Mary Barra in which he reminded her of taxpayers' $80 billion bailout of the auto industry in 2008.

The union promised to comment further on the matter, once it obtains all the details during the meeting with GM representatives, planned on the same day as the announcement.

Rep. Tim Ryan, Ohio Democrat, called for hearings to review how GM used millions of dollars in tax cuts from the corporate tax relief enacted by Mr. Trump and congressional Republicans a year ago.

In its latest report, GM said combined sales of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon full-size SUVs were up 12 percent.

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