Michigan's Congressional delegation meets with General Motors CEO about cuts

General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses reporters after meeting with Michigan's Congressmen in Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON (WJRT) (12/6/2018) - Michigan's representatives in Washington, D.C., met with General Motors CEO Mary Barra to discuss planned cuts of 14,000 jobs and up to five plants.

Members of Michigan's Congressional delegation say they're trying to save the jobs and discussed the impact of the cuts at the Capitol.

Michigan will bear a brunt of the cuts with the possible loss of the Hamtramck Assembly plant and Warren Transmission Operations plant outside Detroit.

Barra spent some of her time with the Michigan lawmakers explaining the business case for the cuts, which involve shedding low selling sedan models and bolstering advanced vehicle technology initiatives.

"I think we've had really really productive discussions, and I think they have a better understanding of what we are doing and why, and how we are making sure that we are supporting the displaced workers, especially in the plants that are impacted," Barra said after the meeting.

In a separate written statement issued later, Barra said affected hourly workers will have a chance to move to other GM facilities. Salaried workers will receive outplacement assistance "to help them transition to new jobs."

Congressman Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Flint, said he is disappointed in GM's decision.

Democrat Sen. Gary Peters said the company should move some production from Mexico back to America rather than closing down American plants.

Barra met on Wednesday with Ohio's Congressional delegation about the planned closure of the sprawling Lordstown Assembly plant, which makes the Chevrolet Cruze.

GM's proposed cuts are planned to take effect in 2019.