General Motors to cut 1,300 workers across two factories.
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General Motors to cut 1,300 workers across two factories.
According to WARN notices filed with state regulators, General Motors plans to lay off approximately 1,300 employees from two of its Michigan plants.

Following GM’s October announcement that it would delay the production of electric pickup trucks until 2025, the automaker will cut jobs at Orion Assembly and Lansing Grand River Assembly in 2019.

945 employees will be laid off at GM’s Orion plant, while 369 employees will be laid off at Lansing.

At the Orion plant, GM produces the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV crossover, and it plans to produce other electric vehicles at the plant, such as the Chevrolet Silverado EV and the GMC Sierra EV.

The UAW strike, the longest auto strike in US history in 25 years, caused the delay to GM, and the company said in October that the strike’s cause was not the delay.

In accordance with the UAW-GM National Agreement, GM anticipates having job opportunities for all impacted team members in the near future. “In an e-mail statement sent to the company’s customers, Lansing Grand River Assembly announced that it would continue to produce the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5 vehicles.

We have been informed that members of the UAW who were laid off at the Orion plant will be offered other opportunities in Michigan, including positions at Factory ZERO in Detroit-Hamtramck. According to GM policy, Orion Assembly salaried employees will also be placed in other internal opportunities.

Layoffs at GM reflect the growing uncertainty in the electric vehicle market. According to, EV discounts have increased as the vehicles remain unsold on dealer lots longer than gas vehicles. This indicates a decline in demand in a market that had been anticipated to grow in recent years.