General Motors to lay off 4,000 workers in North America

General Motors to lay off 4,000 workers in North America

Canada spokeswoman Jennifer Wright says the salaried employee reductions in Canada have mostly been accomplished already through voluntary incentivized packages. Two separate sources told NBC News that the number of workers who have negotiated separation agreements has escalated in recent weeks, though GM still needs to hand out pink slips to about 4,000 employees next week to meet its target.

The automaker says it has largely completed salaried job cuts in Canada, and most of those threatened with layoff here have accepted an incentive package to leave.

The workers will be called to company conference rooms this week to be informed that they are being cut. Originally reported by The Detroit News, the report comes nine weeks after GM made a decision to halt production at five North American plants and began negotiations with the United Automobile Workers union. But 2,700 USA workers will be offered jobs at other factories.

General Motors is also undertaking a 25% reduction in its executive workforce worldwide.

As federal workers across the country struggle to regain traction after the government shutdown, General Motors workers are bracing for layoffs set to start next week. Some other small salaried layoffs previously took place.

The layoffs are part of a larger restructuring plan that was first announced in November, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Michigan - Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly: Manufacturing plant for the Cadillac CT6, the Buick LaCrosse, the Chevrolet Volt, and the Chevrolet Impala.

The president said he was "very tough" on Barra in a phone call after the company announced the closures, and referred to the federal auto bailout money the company received in 2008.

But GM chief executive officer Mary Barra wrote last week: "We are more convinced than ever that our strategy is sound and in the long term".

Last month, Comprehensive Logistics said it would cease operations at its facility in Lordstown that provides logistics and warehousing, impacting about 180 jobs.