General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra is planning to visit Capitol Hill next week in order to discuss the company’s plans to halt production at five of their North American factories and slash up to 15,000 jobs, according to Reuters.
The report cites two congressional aides as sources, saying that Barra is expected to meet with lawmakers from Michigan and Ohio, where GM is going to shut down three factories, as well as senior leaders in Congress.
GM’s CEO has been in contact with lawmakers this week in order to explain the company’s decisions, while President Trump has already threatened to revoke subsidies for GM. “They better damn well open a new plant there very quickly”, the President said specifically about Ohio.
General Motors’ announcement was faced with strong criticism by both political parties, prompting the company to release a short statement that said they are “committed to maintaining a strong manufacturing presence in the U.S.”
GM’s restructuring plan includes halting production next year at three of its assembly plants in Ohio, Detroit and Ontario, Canada. The carmaker will also stop the production of models like the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt, the Cadillac CT6 and the Buick LaCrosse.
Another casualty in GM’s plan will be the Warren transmission factory outside Detroit and another plant that produces EV motors and drivetrains in Maryland. GM will also reduce salaried contract staff by 15 percent, and executive ranks by 25 percent.