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4K GM Layoffs Start Today, Employees Reportedly Asked To Report Anything That Could 'Impact Safety'

Layoffs will allegedly be carried out in half-hour increments.

February 04, 2019 - 9:52 am

(WWJ) GM's salaried job cuts are expected to begin today and play out over the next several weeks, with cuts carried out methodically among different departments.

GM is not publicly discussing timing, but it appears roughly 4,000 involuntary cuts will be made following a nearly equal number of buyouts and contract job eliminations.

GM has said it's cutting positions in area where it's overstaffed so it can afford to hire in other areas, particularly vehicle automation.  

While the company is remaining tight-lipped, landed a scoop with internal communications that spelled out timing and noted employees should speak up if they see or hear anything that could impact employee safety.

A memo obtained by the Free Press read: "Today we continue our restructuring activities, including employee separations, across North American locations. Please be assured that every effort has been made to treat our employees with the highest respect. We have thought through personal and professional needs and will provide our employees choices for how the process will work best for them."

It goes on to say that, "We all manage stress and emotion differently, and safety is a key element of our culture. As you know from your GM safety training if you see or hear something that may impact employee safety, please speak up."

An employee in GM's IT revealed to that eliminations were to start at 9:30 a.m. and run in 30-minute intervals until 6:30 p.m.

While GM white-collar worker brace for the next round of pink slips this morning, thousands of parts supplier jobs will also be at stake, WWJ's Jeff Gilbert reported. The latest restructuring effort with five plant closings will be felt down the supply chain by those who make parts, drive trucks, work in warehouses and keep GM plants going. While UAW labor agreements guarantee relocation to rank-and-file at GM plants, that's not the case for a majority of suppliers -- even for union workers.

Already, 800 jobs are expected to be lost in Ohio next month with the closure of a plant that makes seats for the Chevy Cruze along with a business that provides warehousing for GM.