General Motors acknowledges start of 4,000 layoffs of salaried workers


About 4,000 General Motors workers are about to lose their jobs.

As federal workers across the country struggle to regain traction after the government shutdown, General Motors workers are bracing for layoffs set to start next week.

Starting Monday, the job cuts will begin for salaried employees as GM seeks to eliminate 8,000 jobs by the end of this month, the Detroit News and Detroit Free-Press reported.

The company said last October that it would offer buyouts to 18,000 white-collar workers across its North American operations as part of cost-cutting efforts.

The automaker says it has largely completed salaried job cuts in Canada, and most of those threatened with layoff here have accepted an incentive package to leave. But 2,700 US workers will be offered jobs at other factories.

"We've indicated that the involuntary reductions would happen in the first quarter", GM spokesman Pat Morrissey told the newspaper.

President Donald Trump and US and Canadian lawmakers have blasted GM's plans to end production at plants in Ontario, Michigan, Ohio and Maryland.

The cuts come after GM's November announcement of dramatic restructuring.

GM said that the employees who are laid off will be offered severance packages and job placement services.

GM Canada president Travis Hester has said the future of cars is electric, rather than internal combustion. Magna International Inc is also laying off about 120 people at its Lordstown Seating Systems plant that makes seats for GM vehicles. He says that move, paired with "the cyclical downturn in the industry that they're getting in front of", has influenced the layoff decision. Now, 4,000 more will be laid off.