WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Motors Co is bracing for attacks from Democratic presidential candidates at two debates that begin on Tuesday in Detroit near its headquarters.
The largest U.S. automaker preemptively released two fact sheets on its U.S. operations and details about its 2009 U.S. government bailout ahead of the debates, which could feature Democrats using its high-profile job cuts to attack U.S. President Donald Trump.
GM - November - Total - Jobs - Production
GM announced in November it would cut a total of about 15,000 jobs and end production at five North American plants, included eliminating about 8,000 salaried workers.
The company came under withering criticism from Trump and many members of Congress for the cuts, which came a decade after the company was rescued by a $50 billion U.S. government bailout.
Plants - Closure - Warren - Transmission - Detroit
One of the plants slated for closure, Warren Transmission, is just north of Detroit and will end operations on Wednesday. The last transmission was built on Friday but there is some remaining work this week for maintenance and service parts, GM said.
On Tuesday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Representative Dan Kildee will hold a press conference with workers across the street from the Warren plant “to highlight Trump’s broken promises on the economy,” the DNC said in a statement. In October 2016, Trump came to Warren and said: “If I’m elected you won’t lose one plant… you’re going to have jobs again.”
UAW - Media - Event - Warren - Workers
The UAW plans a separate media event with Warren workers on Tuesday.
GM said the end of production “is an emotional time for our Warren Transmission team members” and emphasized it wants “them to stay with the company.”
GM - Year - Workers
GM said last year that about 335 workers were...
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