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GM to Close 8 Plants, Lay Off Close to 15,000 Workers

General Motors on Monday announced it's cutting up to 14,000 workers and putting five plants up for possible closure in North America.

Not allocating product doesn't mean the plants will permanently close, but it puts their future and the jobs of roughly 6,700 hourly and salaried factory employees - 3,800 in the US and 2,900 in Canada - at risk heading into contract negotiations with the UAW in 2019 and Unifor in 2020. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build.

GM could use the announced plans as leverage during upcoming contract negotiations - beginning next year with the UAW.

U.S. President Donald Trump demanded General Motors Co add a new product to replace a plant in OH that the company said it planned to close next year due to lagging small-car demand. Also affected are transmission factories in Warren, Mich., as well as Baltimore.

At the factories, 3,000 workers could lose jobs in Canada and another 3,600 in the US.

"I once again urged GM to make a commitment to bring a new product to the plant, especially since GM is proposing to build a number of new electric vehicles", Mr. Portman said. Some US workers would transfer to truck and SUV plants where GM is increasing output, the company said.

While Hill and Green said the company may need to be incentivized with more tax breaks, Ryan said he was angry that GM benefited from the taxpayer funded bailout in 2008 that cost the federal government billions, the president's tax-break plan and local abatements, yet "screwed" workers in Lordstown and the other plants.

Hit by the one-two punch of China's slowing automobile demand and the Trump administration's ongoing trade disputes with the country, GM saw a 15 percent drop in third-quarter sales compared to a year ago.

The union drove GM into bankruptcy once before and would do so again. He won the county by about 6 percentage points, four years after then-President Barack Obama had won it by 23 points. The Cruze compact vehicle will be discontinued in the United States market in 2019. Barra said the company will double resources dedicated to electric and self-driving vehicles over the next two years. "So she told me: 'The car's not selling.' I said, 'so maybe you got to make a better vehicle'".

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Ohio's incoming governor and lieutenent governor, Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, said they would visit GM in person to make the case for saving the Lordstown plant.

Five GM auto plants are operating at 37 percent capacity, according to the Center for Automotive Research.

Months later, though, Trump imposed new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that increased prices for many American manufacturers, including carmakers.

The progressive group Not One Penny estimated GM's savings from the tax plan total more than $500 million.

If GM does follow through by closing the plant, there may be only one thing left to do: State-run auto company.

Executives at PMX say they believe the impact from GM's announcement will be minimal.

The Lordstown plant became a target in the restructuring as its lone product, the Chevy Cruze sedan variant, has faced drastically plummeting sales over the last calendar year.

It was a "shot in the gut", said Green of the announcement, which came to him after a 6:30 a.m. phone call requesting his presence for a 9 a.m. meeting Monday.

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