General Motors says the company has 2,700 job openings for 3,300 factory workers slated for layoff within the next year. The news comes a few weeks after the automaker announced plans to reduce its workforce by 14,000 people, including 8,000 white-collar employees.
GM says this week it has conducted an analysis of its headcount needs at its remaining U.S. plans, leading to the decision to retain about 2,700 of the 3,300 employees slated for layoff. Of course, these 2,700 people will likely have to relocate to other parts of the country to retain a GM job. Per the United Auto Workers (UAW) collective bargaining agreement with GM, senior level employees will get first grab at one of the 2,700 jobs at other plants.
About 1,200 of the impacted 3,300 employees whose jobs are getting eliminated are eligible for retirement.
In November GM announced plans to shutter four U.S. assembly plants as part of a very broad restructuring effort. The plan calls for the closure of vehicle plants in Ohio and Michigan, along with two other U.S. component plants. Subsequently, the company will shutter its vehicle plant in Oshawa, Ontario.
The overall plan includes the elimination of about 14,000 jobs; both blue and white-collar. Since the announcement GM has taken significant criticism since the announcement from politicians on both sides of the political spectrum, including President Donald Trump who campaigned on the idea of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.
According to a GM spokesman, this week’s announcement about “saving” 2,700 of the 3,300 impacted factory workers has nothing to do with the criticism the company has faced.
Impacted white-collar employees will also have the option to transfer to open positions elsewhere in the company, but GM has not disclosed any statistics on the number of openings for impacted white-collar employees.