GM CEO Mary Barra To Meet With U.S. Lawmakers Over Job Cuts

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.

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  • Craig

    This just in, ‘TIMEX stops making wrist watches and focuses more on TIME MACHINES!”

    • Perry F. Bruns

      Well, they had to after the administration instituted tariffs on sprockets, LCDs, and quartz.


    • Wandering_Spirit

      If Italian experience counts, the reason why Fiat went from excellent cars to utter crap for multiple decades lies exactly in the fact that for those decades they could enjoy unlimited government support and subsidies to either keep people working also when the product sucked or lay them off with government paying for them to stay home for decades (literally), while also receiving endless funding to keep doing crappy cars. This only needed after the Cold War, and a shift in industrial mentality in Italy. When you spoil them too much, they have no interest in quality and good products.

  • Paul

    I’d like to be a mouse in the room and see this show when they meet.

    • Galaxium

      It’ll be on CSPAN.

  • FlameWater

    If I showed up to my job in a short shorts and a tank top I’d be fired before I even walked in.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I think that’s a photo from people taking the plant tour to see how this car is made.

      • FlameWater

        People do that? I could understand if it was a corvette but to go watch someone build a Chevy Cruz sounds ridiculous.

        • baofe

          Not ridiculous. They could be workers in other departments (IT, Business, etc.) visiting the plant to see the products they make. It’s very common for car industries to offer tours to their employees no matter the car.

  • Six_Tymes

    they should have given her a pay cut 4 years ago

  • Liam Paul

    GM need to close plants in mexico and china and keep as many plants in the usa running. I dont care what product but I am sure they can make suv’s along with the cars there now. Honestly GM needs a affordable car like the cruze so shift production of the new Blazer from Mexico to Youngstown Ohio with the cruze, between both, that should keep youngstown at speed

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