Citing a downturn in demand for small cars like the Cruze and the Cadillac ATS, Cadillac CTS and Chevrolet Camaro, which are built in Lansing, GM announced it will focus on crossovers and pickup trucks and add $900 million in investments at three plants for future products.
The 1,200 represents the third shift at Lordstown, which will be eliminated as of January 23, 2017. Currently, the plant employs some 4,500 workers in all.
Via the Tribune Chronicle, some on the ground reaction:
“It’s been hard for our members today,” said Glenn Johnson, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112. “There are people who have never known any other way of life except to go to General Motors and work every day. Needless to say, today has been a very difficult day.”
Johnson and UAW Local 1714 President Robert Morales, who informed workers of the layoffs during several meetings throughout the day, said the cuts will be “complex-wide and based on seniority.” They said the union met with management about a week ago to discuss options and leaders were informed of the company’s plan on Monday.
“It’s very emotional, some people teared up when they heard the news and with holidays coming up … knowing you won’t have a job,” Morales said. “Especially of concern to many workers is that there is no return to work date. These layoffs will be indefinite.”