GM announced today that it will be cutting shifts at three of its North American assembly plants due to rapidly declining demand. The automaker announced a sales drop of 41 percent in November. The move will lay off almost 2,000 union factory workers.
“We’re shrinking because the market is shrinking,” spokesman Chris Lee told Automotive News.
GM said that it will eliminate third shifts at its plants in Orion, Mich.; Oshawa, Ontario; and Lordstown, Ohio. The plants are responsible for making the Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Cobalt and the Pontiac G5. GM said that it will also idle its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas during the week of Jan. 19th.
The cuts were announced as CEO Rick Wagoner testified before Congress to convince lawmakers to offer $18 billion in emergency funding.