General Motors (GM) announced plans to lay off approximately 1,300 workers in Michigan starting early 2024 due to specific vehicles they produce ending production, CNBC reports.
The vehicle manufacturer intends to end production of the Chevrolet Camaro and electric Chevrolet Bolt.
The layoffs include 945 workers at the Chevrolet Bolt Orion Assembly and 369 workers at the company’s Lansing Grand River Assembly/Stamping.
“The company is ending production of the Chevrolet Bolt model built at the plant on Dec. 18,” The Hill reports.
Layoffs reportedly will not occur until January 1st.
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GM will retool Orion to build electric trucks. The plant is expected to come back online in late 2025.
The other 369 workers to be laid off are at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly/Stamping, which will no longer produce the Chevrolet Camaro. GM had previously announced the end of the vehicle but not how many employees would be laid off at the plant, which continues to produce Cadillac sedans.
“Lansing Grand River Assembly informed employees today that the plant will adjust staffing levels due to the end of Camaro production,” GM said in a statement. “As a result, about 350 employees will be affected beginning Jan. 2. GM anticipates having job opportunities for all impacted team members per the provisions of the UAW-GM National Agreement.”
Layoffs at Grand River will begin Jan. 2 and continue through March, according to the WARN notice documents.
“In regard to our Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, we are adjusting staffing levels due to the end of Camaro production,” Kevin Kelly, senior director for GM corporate news relations, told The Hill.
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The Hill added:
The affected employees are represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, which negotiated historic contracts with GM as well as Ford and Stellantis this fall. Union members ratified deals with the three major automakers in mid-November.
“We were unable to provide more notice of this Additional Planned Action because the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement was not ratified until approximately a week ago,” wrote Justin Wicker, GM’s director of human resources and labor relations, in the letter for Orion Assembly dated Dec. 1.
“Once ratified, we had to identify the structural changes to the workforce at the Orion Subsystem facility with the inclusion of Subsystems into the bargaining unit, and determine what layoffs were required by the structural changes. We are providing as much notice as is practicable under the circumstances.”
Kelly told The Hill that GM will offer affected Orion Assembly workers represented by the UAW opportunities at other Michigan plants and all other salaried employees will be placed in other internal roles, per the automaker’s policy.
Orion Assembly will also ramp up production of electric trucks including the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV in late 2025, Kelly added. Facility expansions including “new body and paint shops and new general assembly and battery pack assembly areas” are in the works.