GM announces 2,700 new jobs for workers expecting layoffs
DETROIT (SBG) - After General Motors Company (GM) announced last month that it was laying off 14,000 people, the company stated Friday that the cuts will not be as deep as originally stated.
The automotive corporation said Friday the 2,700 of 3,300 plant positions they expect to eliminate would be offset by adding jobs at other domestic factories. Though GM is still planning on shuttering four U.S. factories, employees could still be hired at other GM factories. GM says the new positions were in the works before the November layoff announcement.
GM is still expected to lay off approximately 8,000 white-collar workers and nearly 3,000 factory workers in Canada.
Some elected officials have expressed dismay at the deep cuts.
Democrat U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., wrote a letter to Barra asking for GM financial records as the company has received repeated public support through bailouts and tax cuts, according to a Friday press release.
“We are deeply concerned about the recent actions by General Motors Company (GM) to close factories in the United States, at the same time that GM is expanding production in Mexico and buying back its own stock. We are writing to request information about how GM may be benefiting from new tax incentives for offshoring that were created by the 2017 tax act, and to ask that GM cancel further stock buybacks.”
Sen. Van Hollen met with GM representatives last Friday to discuss plant closures.
President Donald Trump declared that he considers the company's holiday season layoffs a "big mistake," further calling General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra "nasty," in an interview with Fox News Thursday.
"To tell me a couple weeks before Christmas that she's going to close in Ohio and Michigan -- not acceptable to me," Trump said. "And she's either going to open fast or somebody else is going in. But General Motors is not going to be treated well."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.