General Motors announce major layoffs, plants shutdown

GM is laying off 15 percent of its salaried workers and shuttering five plants in North America, the Detroit automaker announced on Monday.
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this Monday night, and the news today couldn't have come at a worse time. Just weeks now until Christmas, and general motors has now revealed it will lay off workers in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. Thousands of jobs. At least three vehicles will no longer be made. ABC's Eva pill grim is in Detroit tonight. Reporter: Tonight, major cuts at car giant GM. Nearly 15,000 jobs eliminated, a whopping 15% of the company's work force. In all, five plants will shut down by the end of next year, including those in Warren, Michigan, Whitemarsh, Maryland, Warren, Ohio, and Detroit. We are going to come back hard, and we are going to try to convince them that a modern plant in an area where you can get a good workforce is an asset. Reporter: GM citing a shift to focus more on automation, and high SUV sales. The company announcing they're eliminating the low-selling Chevrolet Cruz, volt, and impala cars from their roster. Today, the president not hiding his frustration with CEO Mary barra. I expressed the fact that I am not happy with what she did. That car is not selling, it's the Cruz, Chevy Cruz. It's not selling, but hopefully she's going to come back and put something. But I told her, I'm not happy about it at all. Reporter: The president also asked if increased tariffs due to a trade war are to blame. No, not tariffs. That has nothing to do with tariffs. He said the car was not selling. Reporter: GM acknowledges the tariffs aren't to blame for the cuts, but in June issued warning that, quote, "Increased import tariffs could lead to a smaller GM." So, let's get to Eva, live in Detroit tonight. And Eva, while nearly 15,000 jobs are being cut, as you reported there, some of those workers will be given the chance to try to relocate to other plants? Reporter: That's right, David. GM says it plans to expand operations in those well-performing areas. About 3,000 of those workers will be up for those new positions. David? Eva pilgrim with us tonight. Thank you, Eva. The imamgs of the tar gas

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