By Dave Gibson, June 6, 2019
Late last month, General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced the lay off of 14,700 workers at their Detroit-Hamtramck and Warren Transmission plants in Michigan, as well as the Baltimore Operations plant in Maryland. This is in addition to GMs’ already shuttered Lordstown, Ohio Assembly Plant.
The Lordstown plant closure is expected to account for another 8,000 lost jobs, when factoring in support jobs around the factory.
Why is GM doing this?
Of course, GM is already the top auto manufacturer in Mexico, and the reason for this is the same reason nearly five million factory jobs have been lost over the last two decades … the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
In January 2019, The Detroit Free-Press reported:
Over the last few years, GM has created or shifted production to Mexico, including the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs and Chevrolet Silverado pickups, said UAW President Gary Jones.
“It is time for Americans to stand up for what we know is right for America. We must build where we sell,” Jones told members last month. “It is time to say, ‘No,’ to corporate greed and ‘No,’ to exploiting cheap labor in a downward spiral for wages here and abroad.”
In 2016, GM paid hourly workers in its Mexico plants about $1.90 an hour, according to a white paper by Alex Covarrubias, a professor at the University of Sonora in Northern Mexico. The current UAW contract pays GM hourly workers a start rate of $17 an hour and increases to about $28 an hour over an eight-year period, said a UAW spokesman.
Wait for it…
GM is also planning to build Cadillacs in China!
Despite any rhetoric you hear out of the mouths of U.S. politicians and CEOs alike, the American worker has been left behind, in favor of what amounts to foreign slave labor.
Like the commercial says: “It’s not your father’s Buick!”