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General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its auto models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.

Mr Trump said he was "not happy" and had told Marry Barra, General Motors' chief executive, that she should stop making cars in China and open a new plant in OH to replace the ones where the company is... He says he told the company that the US has done a lot for GM and that if its cars aren't selling, the company needs to produce ones that will.

The company has marked a sedan plant in Detroit, a compact auto plant in OH, and another assembly plant outside Toronto for possible closure.

In July 2017, Trump made a speech in Youngstown, Ohio near the GM plant and vowed jobs were "all coming back".

United Auto Workers Vice President and Director of the GM Department Terry Dittes said said the "callous decision by GM to reduce or cease operations in American plants, while opening or increasing production in Mexico and China plants for sales to American consumers, is, in its implementation, profoundly damaging to our American workforce". General Motors will lay off thousands of factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.

The president told reporters at the White House that he had spoken with the chairman and chief executive officer of America's top carmaker, Mary Barra, and that he "was very tough" with her. The auto manufacturer says it plans to close five facilities in 2019, including assembly plants in OH and MI, and reduce its workforce by 15 percent.

"I said, 'You know, this country has done a lot for General Motors". Canada and Ontario also backed a 2005 investment by GM to modernize the Oshawa plant's paint shop. "I implore President Trump to keep his word when he came to the Mahoning Valley a year ago and promised jobs were 'all coming back, '" wrote Ryan in a statement.

The firm said it was cutting production of the Buick LaCross, Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac CT6 and XTS and Chevrolet Impala, as well as older versions of the Silverado and Sierra.

When GM ended production of the Chevy Cobalt at Lordstown, it had already announced that the plant would be retooled for the Cruze.

The US economy remains strong overall, with the unemployment rate at a near 50-year low of 3.7 per cent. GM has yet to say how many workers accepted buyouts, or if it's close to meeting the staff reduction goals it set to better withstand leaner times. Production began on November 7, 1953, and in the 1980s the plant employed roughly 23,000 people.

GM earlier on Monday announced the closure of seven of its factories around the world as part of a restructuring plan.

There are 1,500 employees at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant and another 335 at the Warren Transmission plant. The UAW's large-scale contract with GM expires next year and negotiations will begin soon.

"Representative Holmes said the State Government reached out to GM about what they can do to help them bring a new vehicle to Lordstown, and will continue talks for a new product line to come to Lordstown".

"I've seen it, I've read some of it, and it's fine", he said of the report, which was written by a dozen U.S. government agencies and departments.


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