General Motors will lay off 14-thousand-700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.
The reduction at G-M will include 81-hundred white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Most of the affected factories build cars that won’t be sold in the U-S after next year. They could close or could get different vehicles to build. They’ll be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.
Plants without products include those in Detroit; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario. Also affected are transmission factories in Warren, Michigan and Baltimore.
About six-thousand G-M factory workers could lose their jobs in the U-S and Canada, although some could transfer to truck plants.