Mon. 11 p.m.: ‘Business as usual’ as GM workers wait for layoff notices


LORDSTOWN — Last week, General Motors announced plans to cut the third shifts at the Lordstown GM plant, where the Chevrolet Cruze is made, and the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant in Michigan — eliminating a combined 2,000 jobs in January.

On Monday, United Auto Workers Local 1714 President Rob Morales said he believes the total job loss is somewhat lower than WARN notice indicates and plant leaders now say there could be even fewer cuts than the 1,245 announced last week. As of Monday, workers had not received official layoff notices.

Jobs potentially to be cut, according to the WARN notice, include 242 temporary assembly production; 665 regular assembly production; 148 temporary stamping production; 169 regular stamping production; 78 skilled trades; and 43 salaried positions.

Some workers said it’s been a guessing game to determine whether they’re on the list. Matthew Streb of Austintown, a permanent, or regular employee, who has worked at GM 3 1/2 years, said based on rough estimates, some workers figure they’re safe if they were hired in 2008 or earlier. The WARN list includes hundreds of assembly workers with start dates going back to June 30, 2008. Several skilled trades workers , who are classified as millwrights, pipefitters and tool and die makers, have start dates stretching back to the 1980s or 1990s.

Read more in the Tuesday Tribune Chronicle.