Beyond the salaried workers who face job cuts, another 6,000 hourly workers at the five plants could still find their positions in jeopardy because of the restructuring.
At the time, GM said it wanted to cut about 8,000 salaried workers from its payroll.
At the time of the announced restructuring, GM had about 2,000 salaried employees in Canada as part of about 50,000 salaried workers in North America.
'We are taking action now while the overall economy and job market are strong, increasing the ability of impacted employees to continue to advance in their careers, should they choose to do so'. Yet its plans to cut thousands of jobs and close five plants sparked outrage late past year from President Trump and congressional Republicans and Democrats.
'These actions are necessary to secure the future of the company, including preserving thousands of jobs in the United States and globally, ' GM spokesperson Pat Morrissey said, adding that the bulk of the cuts should be completed within the next two weeks. "Our focus now is on working with each individual employee on providing severance packages and transition support through job placement services".
GM is also cutting its executive ranks by 25 percent. At the same time, it announced plans to close four U.S. plantsas well as a fifth in Canada.
General Motors is now in a realignment period, shuffling around jobs to put more resources towards autonomous cars and away from poor selling vehicles. Unhappy with the announcement, President Donald Trump said at the time new vehicle tariffs were being "studied".
Last month, Comprehensive Logistics said it would cease operations at its facility in Lordstown that provides logistics and warehousing, impacting about 180 jobs.