Consistent with its previous announcement, General Motors has officially warned Ohio government of massive impending job losses — more than 1,600 of them — in the closing of its Lordstown vehicle assembly plant in Northeastern Ohio.
The notice came in a Worker Adjustment Retraining Notice (W.A.R.N) letter.
“This layoff will begin on March 11, 2019 and will impact approximately 1607 hourly and salaried employees at the facility,” the automaker said in its letter to the Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services. The letter is dated Friday.
“Of those employees, approximately 1274 are GM Lordstown Complex production employees and 150 are GM Lordstown Complex skilled trades employees, all represented by the U.A.W.,” GM said.
In all, more than 14,000 GM workers are imperiled by the automaker’s recently announced plans to close five North American plants.
However, General Motors has said it has a “plan” for the “majority of affected employees” who find themselves working in plants that have no vehicle slated for future production.
“For U.S. hourly impacted employees, this includes approximately 2,700 available jobs at other GM U.S. plants, GM training opportunities and access to tuition assistance,” the automaker said.
More than 1,100 U.S. employees from these facilities have already volunteered to transfer to other U.S. plants, the company said.
“A strong U.S. economy enables us to provide these opportunities now as we position General Motors for long-term success,” the letter said. “General Motors’ focus remains on providing interested employees options to transition, including providing job opportunities at other GM plants where possible. GM remains committed to working with local government officials, our union and each individual to find appropriate opportunities for them.”