A movement from cars to utility vehicles like trucks and SUVS is forcing General Motor’s hand in laying off more than 2,000 workers at two assembly plants in Lordstown, Ohio and Lansing Michigan.
1,250 workers will be laid off in Ohio according to 10tv. Their factory makes the Chevy Cruze which is a tiny little guy. 840 will be cut from the Lansing Grand River factory. These cuts will take place in January, giving these workers some small amount of time to prep for joblessness.
“It’s supply and demand, and right now the demand is not there for what we have,” said Glenn Johnson according to 10tv, president of a United Auto Workers union local at the Lordstown plant east of Cleveland.
General Motors, in the grand scheme of things is not doing poorly though, having added 20,000 jobs since their 2009 bankruptcy according to CNN.
The timing of their layoff announcement, despite ringing close to Tuesday’s election has nothing to do with it — instead simply falls into a 60-day notice that workers are legally entitled to.
“There is no connection between the two issues,” he said. “Lordstown production adjustment is being made based on the softening car market and outlook for 2017.”
GM sales for compact cars while down, do not account for the majority of their sales and pickup trucks and SUVS are selling like hot cakes.