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GM Announces 26 More Layoffs at Lordstown

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – General Motors notified the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services that layoffs of about 26 hourly and salaried workers at the Lordstown Complex will begin at the end of May.

The notice, issued to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, reports that some 15 hourly employees and another 11 salaried employees will separate May 31 or during the 14-day period after.

Most workers at the plant already have been laid off after production of the Chevrolet Cruze ceased earlier this month. Since then, remaining workers had been stamping out service parts for the Cruze.

Of the workers being separated, 10 are production employees and five are skilled trades employees, according to the letter dated March 25. The skilled trades employees affected include two pipefitters, a die maker, an electrician and a millwright.

Salaried positions identified include two senior controls engineers, a body shop planner, a maintenance coordinator, a paint resident engineer, a senior paint process engineer, a facilities maintenance representative and a change implementation coordinator, plus four identified as on leave.

“We expect that these actions, when implemented, will be permanent and will affect the entire facility,” Daniel Risner, human relations/labor relations director at the Lordstown Complex, wrote in the letter addressed to the state’s Office of Workforce Development and the Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services.

Seniority transfer and placement – or “bumping” – rights are available to hourly seniority employees represented by the United Auto Workers under the existing collective bargaining agreement. Salaried employees do not have bumping rights but might be able to transfer to other GM sites.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.