A scheduled production slowdown at the General Motors Spring Hill, Tennessee plant is set to cost 300 jobs. The Columbia Daily Herald reports 250-300 part-time employees will be laid off beginning this coming Monday.
Some workers will miss one week of work, while others will be laid off indefinitely.
“For competitive reasons, we do not comment on production specifics,” GM spokesperson Lauren Langille, said. “We believe the rate adjustment will help maintain stable production, healthy inventory levels and provide the smallest impact to plant employment levels.”
United Auto Workers Local 1853 has been working to keep layoffs to a minimum, potentially capping them at 250. However, union officials reiterated layoffs are part of the “cyclical nature” of the business.
“This is a part of the cyclical nature of our business, where one minute, you are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and the next minute, you are back at 40 hours or reducing people,” UAW 1853 Chairman Mike Herron, said.
The Spring Hill plant builds the 2017 GMC Acadia, 2017 Cadillac XT5, two engines, and will be responsible for building the 2018 Holden Acadia in right-hand drive guise. Herron stated there is future product slated to be introduced to the facility eventually as well.
“Please do not get discouraged and quit as this will mean that you cannot work onsite in the future as opportunities present themselves,” he cautioned. “This is a bump in the road and not the end of it.”
Workers were notified of the possibility of layoffs two weeks ago, but specific employees will be notified beginning on Monday, May 22.