General Motors officially informed government officials in America on Friday that the thousands of job cuts that will accompany plans to decrease their North America car production will begin soon.
General Motors, the largest maker of automobiles in the United States, announced plans to shut down four production plants in the country about a month ago. The plan is to shut these plants down in 2019. The shutdowns are expected to cost 2,800 workers their jobs.
The automakers promise that job opportunities will be made available to terminated workers at other plants in the country. GM says it has 2,700 available job openings at seven other U.S. plants to absorb displaced workers. The job opportunities are located in Texas, Indian, Michigan, Kentucky, and Ohio.
GM says that 1,100 of the workers affected by plant closing have already expressed a willingness to transfer their job responsibilities to other plants. An additional 1,200 workers have satisfied the requirements for retirement.
A spokesman for the company said GM is confident that all affected workers who want another job with the company will have one available to them. The spokesman also explained that formal notices of the layoffs will begin on Friday and continue into the 2019 year.
Mary Barra is chairman and chief executive for General Motors. Ms. Barra came under heavy fire a month ago following the company’s disclosure of the planned layoffs. One person not too happy with the announcement was United States President Donald Trump. Barra says the company is focused on easing the transition of the workers affected by the plant closings in America.
The company explained that the restructuring is due to a drastic decrease in demand for sedans. It further explained that six cars will no longer be manufactured by the GM plants. The company expects their restructuring efforts to result in a 15% downsize in the salaried workforce.
General Motors announced also in November that it will no longer produce cars at the Oshawa plant the company maintains in Canada. It announced similar plans to ease the transition of Canadian workers who will soon be without a job.
Two members of the United States Senate have also posed questions to General Motors about the impact of job cuts for others who do not work directly for them. One group, in particular, are workers for companies that supply parts to GM.
The company stance on this issue is unclear at this time.