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GM to Cut 15,000 Jobs Across North America

HeadlineNov 27, 2018

General Motors is cutting up to 15,000 jobs and closing five plants across North America. The cuts will primarily affect workers in Ohio, Michigan, Maryland and the Canadian province of Ontario. GM says it will cease production on six of its car models in response to low sales and focus on the development of electric and driverless cars. Democratic Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown called the move “corporate greed at its worst,” adding that “the company reaped a massive tax break from last year’s GOP tax bill and failed to invest that money in American jobs.” President Trump called the news “not good” Monday and said that GM “better put something else in” to replace the lost manufacturing jobs. Trump has repeatedly taken credit for reviving American manufacturing and creating jobs. In 2017 at a speech near the GM plant in Youngstown, Ohio, he told supporters that jobs were “all coming back.” He told locals, “Don’t move. Don’t sell your house.” General Motors cited tariffs levied by the Trump administration on imported steel as one of the reasons for the U.S. layoffs, saying the tariffs cost the company an extra $1 billion.

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