Perhaps General Motors wasn’t prepared for the blowback it received after it announced in November that it would idle four production facilities in the United States.
On Friday, the automaker provided an update on the unfolding situation and said it needs 2,700 workers at other U.S. plants. These positions are transfer opportunities for the thousands of United Auto Worker employees that will be affected by the Lordstown and Detroit-Hamtramck idling. Workers at the transmission plants in Michigan and Maryland are also up for transfer opportunities, according to the automaker.
CEO Mary Barra said in a statement:
Strong U.S. and Canadian economies enable us to provide these opportunities now as we position General Motors for long-term success. Our focus remains on providing interested employees options to transition including job opportunities at other GM plants. We remain committed to working with local government officials, our unions and each individual to find appropriate opportunities for them.
The plants in need of additional workers are:
- Bedford Casting Operations in Bedford, Indiana
- Bowling Green Assembly in Bowling Green, Kentucky
- Flint Assembly in Flint, Michigan
- Lansing Grand River Assembly in Lansing, Michigan
- Toledo Transmission Operations in Toledo, Ohio
- Spring Hill Manufacturing in Spring Hill, Tennessee
- Arlington Assembly in Arlington, Texas
- Skilled trades jobs available across multiple locations
GM said 2,800 production workers are affected by the announcement that the automaker will idle the facilities and 1,100 have already applied to transfer to a new facility.
The news contrasts a comment that David Green, UAW Local 1112 President. He told the Detroit Free Press in a Friday report that 700 workers from previous Lordstown layoffs haven’t been able to transfer and said it’s not possible to simply move every single worker and their families.
“GM says that because they want to reframe it. But they can’t just relocate those people,” Green said.
The automaker said the 2,700 positions reflect openings the automaker needs to fill as it prepares for new vehicles launches in 2019.