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General Motors (GM) has revealed plans to lay off 1,300 workers from two Michigan plants, marking the end of production for the Chevrolet Camaro and the electric Chevrolet Bolt.

The Orion Subsystem facility in Lake Orion, Michigan, will see 945 workers laid off at the year’s end due to the end of Chevrolet Bolt’s production. This was revealed in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification letter issued by the company. Additionally, the Lansing Grand River Assembly/Stamping facility will experience layoffs of 369 workers starting next month, which is associated with the discontinuation of the Chevrolet Camaro.

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GM stated, “As a result, about 350 employees will be affected beginning Jan. 2. GM anticipates having job opportunities for all impacted team members per the provisions of the UAW-GM National Agreement.”

These layoffs impact employees represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, which recently ratified historic contracts with major automakers, including GM. The necessity for these layoffs arose after the recent ratification of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Justin Wicker, GM’s director of human resources and labor relations, explained in a letter, “Once ratified, we had to identify the structural changes to the workforce at the Orion Subsystem facility with the inclusion of Subsystems into the bargaining unit, and determine what layoffs were required by the structural changes.”

Wicker also noted the possibility of placement opportunities for most of the laid-off workers at other local GM plants.


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