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A general view of the GM Tech Center in Warren. (Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

GM To Cut 1,300 Salaried Jobs At Warren Tech Center

February 06, 2019 - 4:33 pm

WARREN (WWJ) - The planned jpb cuts at General Motors are expected to include around 1,300 salaried positions at the Tech Center in Warren.

The automaker disclosed the figure in a filing to the state of Michigan, as part of the company's previously-announced restructuring plan. That's more cuts than at any other GM facility, according to reports.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is among those not happy to hear about it. 

"I wish it weren't happening," he told WWJ Newsradio 950 in an interview Wednesday. "Many of those people, I don't know how many, some of them could be Warren residents. And even if they aren't Warren residents it's a horrible thing to be laid off."

GM's involuntary salaried job cuts, which began earlier this week, are expected play out over the next several weeks, with cuts carried out methodically among different departments.

In all, some 4,000 jobs are expected to be slashed company-wide. 

Fouts said it's his hope that these talented autoworkers will be able to find new jobs.

"There's a number of Fortune 500 companies that wanna get these people, because they're top-notch people," the mayor added. "In other words, it's not like laying off someone who hasn't done the job. These people have done the job, they're highly trained...It's just that they don't fit into the new scheme of things."

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.

GM officials have said the layoffs will better position the company for the future.