General Motors is rehiring hundreds of laid-off employees.
Probably hoping for some positive PR, the automaker said it plans to bring
back close to 900 of the
1,100 workers from three Michigan manufacturing facilities who lost their jobs earlier this month.
As many as 500 of those jobs won’t be brought back until 2018 to the
company’s Lansing Delta plant. Another 180 jobs will come to a plant in
Flint, Michigan. Those positions are expected to be filled by retained
workers from the Lansing plant.
“The job commitments announced today demonstrate the confidence we have in
our products, our people and an overall positive outlook for the auto
industry and the U.S. economy,” GM chairman and chief executive Mary Barra
said in a statement.
GM announced earlier this year that it intends to create 7,000 jobs and
invest $1 billion in the United States in 2017.
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President Donald Trump made American job retention a key platform in the
run up to the 2016 election. The announcement coincided with a visit from
Trump on Wednesday.
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Barra is among a group of CEOs and senior executives from many automakers
who will meet with Trump at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti
Township. Trump likely will press automaker CEOs for more U.S. and Michigan
jobs. He tweeted earlier Wednesday that he was heading to Detroit,
Michigan, “for a big meeting on bringing back car production to State and
U.S. Already happening!”
Trump has criticized automakers for building cars in Mexico and shipping
them back across the U.S. border for sale. But none of the jobs GM is
adding or retaining are coming back from Mexico; they are instead driven by
a boost in truck and SUV sales and demand for more efficient transmissions.
Barra also made news this week when she announced that she would not stand
for re-election to the board of directors for General Dynamics Corp. Barra
had been a member of the board since 2011.