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| posted on 11/30/2018 at 07:47 PM|
Are you all seeing that same annoying commercial over and over where the couple goes outside and the guy gets a his and hers truck and SUV, the truck was supposed to be for him but the girl loves it.
I don't watch television and will never purchase a new American Car.
GM, Ford & Chrysler are all out of step. Who under the age of 80 buys a Lincoln or a Cadillac these days?
They're both big hits oversees, BigV....As are, believe it or not, Buick's.....And I see a sh@t ton of Lincoln and Cadillac SUV's all over upstate, NY too...Along with Ford, GMC, and Chrysler SUV's and pickup trucks. Of course owning quality built SUV's and Trucks actually makes sense where I live given we have 6 months of winter and copious amounts of lake effect snow. Also lots of Toyota and Honda SUV's as well...Many of which are built right here in the good old USA....
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| posted on 12/5/2018 at 11:11 PM|
GM CEO will keep 'open mind' on plant closings, acknowledges anger
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N) Chief Executive Mary Barra on Wednesday vowed to keep an “open mind” about the future of an Ohio plant that will lose vehicle production, but warned the Detroit automaker has excess capacity and did not suggest the company was reconsidering the plan.
Barra came under pressure from Ohio’s two U.S. senators and other lawmakers who want GM to shift production of a vehicle from Mexico or build electric vehicles at the Lordstown Assembly plant in their state that the automaker has said it intends to close.
“I want to make sure that the workforce knows that there are limitations and we do have an overcapacity across the country,” Barra said, urging workers at plants set to close to take seriously offers of GM jobs in other parts of the countries.
In a brief Reuters interview after her meetings Wednesday, she said it would be “very costly” to shift production from Mexico of the Chevrolet Blazer due to be launched in the next few days.
U.S. President Donald Trump told GM last week that the company had “better” find a new vehicle to build at the plant in Ohio, which could be crucial to his re-election chances in 2020.
Asked about Trump’s comments, Barra did not directly answer but said she understood the strong reaction in Washington.
“I understand this is something that impacts the country and I understand that there is a lot of emotion and concern about it,” Barra said.
GM said last week it would close five North American assembly plants next year and cut up to 15,000 jobs as it blames slow selling car sales for the need to restructure.
The CEO said GM planned to add other products at U.S. plants next year and that the automaker would have some jobs to fill at other Ohio facilities in 2019.
She cast the decision as critical to keep GM competitive. In the interview, she said GM wanted to “do the right thing for our employees but also make sure General Motors is strong and lean in the future.”
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Senator Rob Portman said Barra made no promises about the future of the Lordstown plant in Ohio, where the soon-to-be-discontinued Chevrolet Cruze sedans are manufactured.
Barra said the plant’s ultimate status will be determined during contract talks next year with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.
“We’re not asking for charity.” Portman said, adding the members are asking for a new product for the plant to build.
GM has come under harsh criticism from lawmakers and from President Donald Trump since Nov. 26, when the No. 1 U.S. automaker announced the biggest restructuring since its bankruptcy a decade ago.
Portman said he spoke to fellow Republican Trump on Wednesday about GM.
Barra is in Washington for meetings with lawmakers, including Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer as well as lawmakers from Ohio and Maryland. She was also expected to meet with lawmakers from Michigan on Thursday, among other meetings. After GM announced its plans, Trump threatened to eliminate subsidies for GM in retaliation.
Administration officials later said they wanted to end subsidies for electric cars in 2020 or 2021, affecting GM and other automakers.
Trump also said new auto tariffs were being studied, asserting, without evidence, that they could prevent job cuts such as those planned by GM.
The UAW has objected to GM’s plan to end production in 2019 at four U.S. plants, saying it violates commitments made during contract talks in 2015. The union has asked GM to rescind the decision and resolve the fate of the plants in talks for a new labor contract next year.
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| posted on 12/15/2018 at 11:10 AM|
December 14, 2018 10:23 AM UPDATED 19 hours ago
GM to begin U.S. layoff notices as it offers job transfers
UAW launches campaign to convince automaker to spare 4 U.S. plants
WASHINGTON -- General Motors on Friday said it is beginning to send formal notices to U.S. government agencies of its plan to close auto plants and cut thousands of jobs as it shrinks passenger car production in North America.
The largest U.S. automaker said 2,800 hourly active U.S. workers at four U.S. plants that will end production next year are eligible for new jobs at other plants.
GM said it currently has 2,700 current open positions at seven plants in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas.
GM said more than 1,100 U.S. employees at plants losing production have already volunteered to transfer to other GM U.S. plants, while 1,200 are eligible to retire.
The UAW also launched a campaign Friday to convince GM to spare the four U.S. plants from closing.
General Motors has a plan for the majority of employees currently working at Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and Oshawa, Canada facilities that will be without product allocation beyond 2019.
For U.S. hourly impacted employees, this includes approximately 2,700 available jobs at other GM U.S. plants, GM training opportunities and access to tuition assistance. More than 1,100 U.S. employees have already volunteered to transfer to other GM U.S. plants. This update coincides with GM’s filing of U.S. government-required layoff notifications.
“Strong U.S. and Canadian economies enable us to provide these opportunities now as we position General Motors for long-term success,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Our focus remains on providing interested employees options to transition including job opportunities at other GM plants. We remain committed to working with local government officials, our unions and each individual to find appropriate opportunities for them.”
GM U.S. HOURLY EMPLOYEES AT IMPACTED PLANTS
TOTAL U.S. HOURLY ACTIVE EMPLOYEES IMPACTED 2,800
EMPLOYEES ELIGIBLE TO RETIRE 1,200
TOTAL U.S. GM JOB OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE 2,700
EMPLOYEES ALREADY VOLUNTEERED TO TRANSFER 1,100
GM U.S. PLANTS IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES
The additional 2,700 jobs at GM’s U.S. manufacturing plants will support new vehicle launches beginning in 2019. The facilities needing additional employees:
• Bedford Casting Operations in Bedford, Indiana
• Bowling Green Assembly in Bowling Green, Kentucky
• Flint Assembly in Flint, Michigan
• Lansing Grand River Assembly in Lansing, Michigan
• Toledo Transmission Operations in Toledo, Ohio
• Spring Hill Manufacturing in Spring Hill, Tennessee
• Arlington Assembly in Arlington, Texas
• Skilled trades jobs available across multiple locations
GM is building on its more than $22 billion in investments in U.S. operations since 2009 and reaffirming its commitment to maintaining a strong manufacturing presence in the U.S.
GM CANADA EMPLOYEES - GM Canada has initiated efforts along with its dealers, local colleges and other employers to train and help secure jobs for impacted workers from the Oshawa Assembly Plant who are interested. For additional information go to media.gm.ca.
GM SALARIED EMPLOYEES - Salaried employees impacted by the voluntary and involuntary severance programs will be provided outplacement services including job search assistance, career counseling, resume writing and interview skills. Many salaried employees at unallocated plants will have opportunities at other GM locations.
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GM hasn't assigned new vehicles to the plants and hourly union workers aren’t scheduled to begin being laid off until March 1, months after the “holiday season.”
The letter writing campaign comes nearly three weeks after GM announced the moves, which could impact roughly 6,700 U.S. plant workers, including 800 salaried, 3,300 UAW hourly workers at assembly plants in Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., and Lordstown, Ohio and powertrain factories in Warren, Mich. and White Marsh, Md.
“Right now, workers and their families need us to stand in solidarity with them against this callous decision,” the UAW said Friday. “Without job security or stability, many of our UAW brothers and sisters are headed into the new year unsure of how they’ll provide for their families or earn a living.”
With normal attrition rates, a GM spokesman said the company is confident that all affected hourly workers will be eligible for another job if willing to move to another plant.
GM said many salaried employees at plants losing production "will have opportunities at other GM locations."
The formal layoff notices will begin going to government agencies on Friday and will continue into 2019, GM said.
GM CEO Mary Barra, who came under fire from lawmakers for how the automaker disclosed the job cuts last month, said in a statement Friday that GM's "focus remains on providing interested employees options to transition including job opportunities at other GM plants."
GM said in November it will cease production at five North American plants -- including three assembly plants in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario -- next year and cut up to 15,000 jobs. GM is ending production of a half dozen cars, citing slow-selling sedans as one reason for the need to restructure.
A big chunk of the job cuts include plans to trim 15 percent of GM's North American salaried workforce by early next year.
GM said salaried workers who are losing their jobs are receiving "out-placement services including job search assistance, career counseling, resume writing and interview skills."
GM, which announced in November it is ending production at its Oshawa assembly plant in Canada, also said it is working with "dealers, local colleges and other employers to train and help secure jobs for impacted workers from the Oshawa Assembly Plant who are interested." Canadian union Unifor has vowed to fight the plant closure.
Two U.S. senators earlier asked GM other questions on the layoff impacts, including how many jobs will be cut at suppliers as a result.
It is great that GM has openings for people to transfer. There would be alot more jobs available if they quit making autos in Mexico and Korea for sale here.
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