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    More GM lay-offs.

    GM to lay off about 50 workers at Brownstown battery plant
    General Motors on Tuesday added about 50 employees in metro Detroit to the number of production employees who face losing their jobs.
    In state filings Tuesday, GM said it will cut 50 jobs at its Brownstown battery plant at the same time it starts layoffs at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which it said in November will be idled later in 2019. The Brownstown layoffs had not been previously disclosed.
    The filings said the Brownstown workers and 620 Hamtramck employees will be laid off in February.
    Detroit-Hamtramck makes the Chevrolet Volt electric car with gas backup and the Buick LaCrosse. The plant will end production of the LaCrosse and Volt by March 1. About 1,550 people work at Detroit-Hamtramck.
    GM said it will provide notice of the remaining Detroit-Hamtramck layoffs "closer to the end of production for (Chevrolet) Impala and (Cadillac) CT6." Sixty days' notice of such layoffs is required by law.
    https://www.freep.com/story/money/ca...nt/2352156002/
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    More GM lay-offs.

    GM to lay off about 50 workers at Brownstown battery plant


    https://www.freep.com/story/money/ca...nt/2352156002/
    And as always this is going to affect so many other companies that make parts for GM.
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    Opinion: GM should fight for workers, not profits


    Visit Hamtramck these days and you’ll feel a thick sense of resentment in the air. A feeling of unfairness and having been abandoned permeates, and reasonably so: because workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant were given a raw deal. And so was the surrounding community.
    Its complicated history goes back to 1980, when General Motors wanted to build a plant and made the decision to locate its 300-acre site in a Polish neighborhood called Poletown.

    With approximately 4,000 residents, the neighborhood was bulldozed, displacing thousands of people, closing businesses, leveling six churches and a hospital to create that assembly plant. Closing that plant all these years later -- so that GM can invest somewhere else in new manufacturing facilities -- is a slap in the face of everyone who counted on what the sacrifice would eventually build and create.

    Unless we all come together to ensure those plants don’t close.
    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/op...ts/2368685002/
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    And as always this is going to affect so many other companies that make parts for GM.
    Yes, you are correct. The domino effect has already started.

    Lordstown takes another hit, Magna announces 120 layoffs in nearby Warren
    WARREN, Ohio — Residents of Lordstown and Warren were dealt another blow this month when a company that makes seats for the automotive industry announced it will lay off 120 employees in the first quarter of 2019.
    On Dec. 14, Magna sent a letter to the Ohio Office of Workforce Development regarding the layoff, citing the closing of the Lordstown GM plant as the catalyst for its decision.
    The letter came with a dire warning about the future for residents in the Lordstown and Warren area.
    "If a future product is not allocated by General Motors and/or we are not selected as the seat supplier for the future product, these layoffs should be considered permanent," Darnell wrote.

    Magna Seating Systems is located just 2 miles from the troubled GM plant.
    https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/...-nearby-warren
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    Auto workers union sues GM over company’s use of temps instead of laid-off Lordstown workers

    Good!!!

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The United Auto Workers labor union filed suit against General Motors accusing the car manufacturer of violating an agreement by using temporary workers at a plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana instead of laid-off employees from the plant in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley.

    The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Youngstown says a collective bargaining agreement between GM and the union requires the company to provide opportunities to certain laid-off employees and other workers with seniority to relocate to other plants around the country.

    The company is using temporary workers at the plant, even though there are about 1,000 laid-off workers nationwide eligible for transfer under the agreement, the lawsuit says. Of that pool, 690 were laid off from the plant in Lordstown, and many have applied for jobs at the Indiana facility, the suit says.

    The union wants a federal judge to order GM to stop using temporary employees and transfer eligible laid-off and current employees to the Fort Wayne assembly plant.
    https://www.cleveland.com/court-just...CXFoLkyVxVBGkc
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    GM Becomes Leading Automaker in Mexico

    General Motors enters 2019 as the top carmaker in Mexico.

    The distinction comes as GM plans to shutter four U.S. manufacturing facilities this year, putting thousands of jobs at risk and drawing political and labor criticism of its decision to produce so many vehicles in Mexico, particularly the new Chevrolet Blazer SUV.
    Over the last few years, GM has created or shifted production to Mexico, including the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs and Chevrolet Silverado pickups, said UAW President Gary Jones.

    "It is time for Americans to stand up for what we know is right for America. We must build where we sell," Jones told members last month. "It is time to say, ‘No,’ to corporate greed and ‘No,’ to exploiting cheap labor in a downward spiral for wages here and abroad."
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    GM won't budge on closing Oshawa, as workers protest and walk off the job
    DETROIT — The head of Canada's auto union blasted General Motors for pushing ahead with plans to phase out work at its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant despite calls by workers and politicians in Canada to find a new vehicle to build there.

    Unifor, the union that represents workers at the plant, has vowed to block its closure.

    Unifor members began a sit-down protest Wednesday morning and stopped production, a union spokeswoman said. Workers also staged a protest on the Tuesday afternoon shift, then walked off the job, after they got word that GM had not accepted the union's proposals to save the factory during a meeting with labor leaders.

    "They're moving ahead with their plan. We're going to continue to have discussions with them about solutions," Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, the union that represents workers at the plant, said after meeting with GM
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    Stopping the GM Shutdowns

    What can workers and communities do when the company pulls the plug on an entire workplace? Tariffs and boycotts won’t cut it — the only answer is democratic planning.
    The once unimaginable – the end of GM Oshawa in Canada – seems on the verge of becoming the new reality. If there is any lesson to be learned here it is that overturning this imposed reality can’t be achieved by traditional protest and traditional alternatives. Continuing our dependence on unaccountable corporations, offering subsidies and concessions without means to enforce job guarantees, making competitiveness the only test of worthwhile activity, looking to “better” free trade agreements and so on, are dead ends. All they offer is more of the same: death by a thousand cuts.

    Imagining a radically different and more democratic approach based on community and national planning — opening the door to the formerly unthinkable — may, as overwhelmingly ambitious as that may seem, be the only option with any chance of success.
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/01/g...planning-nafta
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    Stopping the GM Shutdowns

    What can workers and communities do when the company pulls the plug on an entire workplace? Tariffs and boycotts won’t cut it — the only answer is democratic planning.
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/01/g...planning-nafta
    Excellent article ! Even if you don't read the whole page, just this one paragraph says a lot.
    The experience of the past few decades suggests the general dilemma of working-class life under capitalism: no matter what workers do, how good their work, how restrained their demands, and how much they accept in terms of work pressures, they will always remain vulnerable in a system geared to profits, competition and the priorities of stockholders and senior executives. There will always be someplace cheaper to run to, and as corporations restructure to address technological and market changes, workers are treated as little more than “collateral damage.”
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