Trump Tough on General Motors For 14,000 Layoffs Announced

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GM also said it will close two plants outside North America by the end of 2019. "General Motors' decision today... will not go unchallenged by the UAW", said Terry Dittes, the union's vice president in charge of negotiations with GM.

"I will say I'm not the happiest guy in town", Hill said in a phone interview. They better get back to OH and soon.

"I was very tough".

Its North American salaried workforce, including engineers and executives, will shrink by 15 percent, or about 8,000 jobs. LaCrosse and Volt production will end March 1, while CT6 and Impala production would stop June 1.

According to Chiodo, the Oshawa plant has "some of the best employees in North America". That brought praise from Wall Street: GM's stock rose more than 5% Monday.

The moves include shuttering seven plants worldwide as the company responds to changing customer preferences and focuses on popular trucks and SUVs and increasingly on electric models.

Democrats quickly seized on the automaker's announcement, laying the blame on Mr. Trump.

While industry-wide passenger vehicle sales were down 13.2 percent through the first nine months of the year, pickup truck and SUV sales rose 8.3 percent. They are working together to come up with a solution that works for GM and the employees.

Vehicle sales have slowed in both China and the United States, two of GM's most important markets. "We'll do everything we can to help the families affected by this news get back on their feet". "That clearly is not happening". The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will also be dropped along with the Chevy Cruze compact (which is sold as the Holden Astra sedan here and built in Korea), which will be made in Mexico for other markets. "And in return, GM has turned its back on us when we need them the most".

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UAW Local 1112 President Dave Green said Monday that there's still hope.

Mr. Trump dismissed the complaint. OH is a critical political battleground in presidential elections. The Canadian plant appeared to be most in danger of closing. He won the county by about 6 percentage points, four years after then-President Barack Obama had won it by 23 points.

Kris Tripplaar/Sipa USA/NewscomSpeaking to a cheering crowd in Youngstown, Ohio, in July of previous year, President Donald Trump promised more jobs would soon be flowing to the blue-collar city. "Don't sell your house".

Brown, a longtime labor union ally, said in a statement that "the company reaped a massive tax break from last year's GOP tax bill and failed to invest that money in American jobs".

"The closure of this plant will have a ripple effect like we have never seen before. You'll have plants coming into this country".

Alongside two plants in MI, one in Maryland, and one in Ontario, Canada, GM said one of the plants targeted to be closed-or, um, "unallocated" in the terrible PR-jargon used by GM in the announcement-is just outside of Youngstown, Ohio.

GM doesn't foresee an economic downturn and is making the cuts "to get in front of it while the company is strong and while the economy is strong," Barra told reporters.

Unifor, a union, which represents workers at the GM plant, said in a statement that it received a notification from GM about an upcoming major announcement regarding the Oshawa plant, which is to take place on 26 November.

"GM owes the community answers on how the rest of the supply chain will be impacted and what consequences its disastrous decision will have on the Mahoning Valley and our state", Ohio Sen.