Layoffs begin: General Motors files notices with Michigan to cut 714 jobs

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DETROIT (WJRT) (12/19/2018) - Some of 14,000 job cuts planned at General Motors plants are starting, which will affect two Detroit-area facilities in February.

The company filed notice this week with the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development of its plans to cut 714 jobs at two facilities. All the job cuts will take effect around Feb. 18.

A total of 664 jobs will be eliminated at the Hamtramck Assembly plant. Of those, 592 are hourly production workers represented by the UAW while most of the rest are salaried workers.

The plant builds the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Volt, which all are being discontinued in 2019 amid a sweeping restructuring of General Motors lineup.

The loss of the Volt is leading to 50 job cuts at the Brownstown Township plant in Wayne County, which manufactures batteries for the gas-electric hybrid. Some 37 of those jobs are hourly and 13 are salaried.

The news isn't all bad for many of the affected hourly workers, however. GM says it will create 2,700 comparable manufacturing jobs at other plants in 2019, including at the Flint Assembly and Lansing Grand River Assembly facilities.

GM says 1,100 workers whose jobs are being cut already have volunteered to transfer to other facilities and 1,200 workers are eligible for retirement.

GM is ending production on several sedan models to focus on producing more popular truck, SUV and crossover models.