General Motors Shuts Down Three North American Assembly Plants, Cuts 14,000 Jobs

General Motors Shuts Down Three North American Assembly Plants, Cuts 14,000 Jobs

"So, we have a lot of pressure on them". The statement continued, "Many of the USA workers impacted by these actions will have the opportunity to shift to other GM plants where we will need more employees to support growth in trucks, crossovers and SUVs".

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that he was "very disappointed" and "looking at cutting all GM subsidies, including. for electric cars".

"We recognise the need to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success". He said he had talked to Barra and informed her that "this country's done a lot for General Motors" and that the company needed to "get back in there soon".

Earlier at the White House, the US President said he does not like the GM's decision.

"You give corporate America a whole bunch of money, they're going to do what's best for corporate America, " said Michael Hodak, 66, of Lordstown, a real estate broker who owns the Subway sandwich shop in the village.

Trump's tweets came as his top economic adviser Larry Kudlow was calling the job losses "a great disappointment" during a White House press briefing.

"For decades, workers in the Mahoning Valley have made a commitment to GM, and today GM let Northeast Ohio down", said Sen.

In addition to the employee reduction, GM is preparing to "unallocate" three vehicle assembly plants in North America - one in Canada (Oshawa, Ontario) and two in the US (Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan, and Lordstown, Ohio) - as well as two propulsion plants in Baltimore, Maryland, and Warren, Michigan. GM's major commodity costs are steel and aluminum, both of which have climbed in price in response to Trump's tariffs.

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General Motors benefits from a federal tax credit for electric vehicles, but the programme phases out after a manufacturer sells 200,000 cars.

The president of UAW, Gary Jones, also commented to Vox that "The practice of circumventing American labour in favour of moving production to nations that tolerate wages less than half of what our American brothers and sisters make, must stop". Oshawa assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

"I was very tough", Trump said. Analysts were generally upbeat about the news. "These are things we're doing to strengthen the core business", GM chief executive and chairwoman Mary Barra told reporters Monday. GM went on to say it plans to add new technical and engineering jobs to support future electric and autonomous vehicles. Along with two other closures outside North America, the company is jettisoning some of its slower-selling sedans.

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.

President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on Tuesday harshly criticizing General Motors for announcing its plans to close down factories in the United States.

However, spokeswoman Julie Huston-Rough denied the charge, telling AFP that "these products will not be manufactured in other locations for the North American market".

"I'm hopeful that another automotive manufacturing company will come in and take over the Lordstown facility, and take advantage of our exceptionally hard working and well-trained workforce here in the Mahoning Valley", Congressman Johnson said.

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