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GM: 2,700 transfers available to displaced workers

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As the community continues its fight to keep the General Motors plant in Lordstown open, UAW members employed there are learning that GM will have 2,700 jobs available at seven of its other plants.

However, workers from other GM plants that are being shut down will also be vying for those jobs.

UAW Local 1112 President Dave Green said that these transfers apply to all GM workers, meaning those who are active and those who have been laid off on other shifts. 

The automaker announced last month that it planned to end production at plants in Lordstown, Detroit, and Ontario.

GM announced on Friday that 1,100 hourly workers in the U.S. Have already volunteered to transfer to other plants and that 2,700 transfers will still be available. 1,200 hourly workers are eligible to retire, according to GM.

The additional 2,700 jobs at GM’s U.S. manufacturing plants to support new vehicle launches beginning in 2019 will be required at the following GM facilities:

  • 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

Green tells 21 News that initially he expects just over 300 transfers to be available in January but expects more in the future. Green points out that the transfers are available to other GM hourly workers, not just those in Lordstown.

Green says GM is filing of U.S. government-required layoff notifications known as WARN notices.

GM's update on the employment situation included the following statement from GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra:

“Strong U.S. and Canadian economies enable us to provide these opportunities now as we position General Motors for long-term success. 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.”

Barra's statement comes one day after President Donald Trump told Fox News that GM would not be “treated well” after making the decision to slash 15 percent of its North American workforce.

News of the transfers does not address concerns of those supporting the "Drive It Home" campaign to bring a new product to replace the Cruze at the Lordstown Assembly Complex.

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