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What GM workers are thinking as they join picket lines

by Tracey Samuelson Sep 16, 2019
"We're getting little pennies compared to [GM executives]," one worker told Marketplace's Tracey Samuelson.
Members of the United Auto Workers who are employed at the General Motors Co. Flint Assembly plant in Michigan, hold signs as they go on strike in the early morning of September 16, 2019.
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Why GM auto workers are striking

by Kimberly Adams and Rose Conlon Sep 16, 2019
The UAW strike across the country could cost General Motors upwards of $100 million a day.
A sign in front of United Auto Workers Local 598 after the UAW declared a national strike against GM at midnight on Sept. 16, 2019 in Flint, Michigan.
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UAW says its 49K members at GM plants will go on strike

by Associated Press Sep 15, 2019
After contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers Union and General Motors break down, strike action planned for midnight on Sunday.
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How the closings of two auto plants changed Hamtramck and Detroit's Poletown

by Tommy Andres and Tracey Samuelson Aug 14, 2019
When the Dodge Main plant closed in 1979, local leaders offered GM tax breaks and more land to move in. Now the GM plant is closing, too.
"The Spirit of Detroit" monument sits downtown. In the background is the Renaissance Center, where GM is headquartered.
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In China, Cadillac is not your grandma’s luxury car

by Ben Bradford Jul 5, 2019
While it’s been on a decades-long slide in the U.S., Cadillac sales are booming in China.
A luxury Cadillac XLR on display at a ceremony in Beijing, China in 2004.
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GM shifts gears in Ohio, winding down production at Lordstown plant

by Adrian Ma Mar 8, 2019
For 1,500 workers, the road ahead is an uncertain one.
As the final Chevy Cruze shift ended, some workers gathered outside the plant to protest GM’s decision to put the facility in “unallocated” status.
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GM reports strong fourth-quarter earnings

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 6, 2019
General Motors released positive fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday. This comes just two months after the car manufacturer pledged to eliminate several car models and reduce its workforce by 14,000 jobs. GM says the planned factory closures and layoffs will save the…
General Motors CEO Mary Barra holds a media briefing prior to the start of the 2015 GM Annual Meeting of Stockholders at GM world headquarters June 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. 
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Why Detroit is going all-in on heavy-duty trucks

by Ben Bradford Feb 6, 2019
General Motors this week announced plans to build a new heavy-duty Chevy Silverado pickup truck in Michigan as it cut 4,000 jobs.
The heavy-duty chassis of the new General Motors 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is shown at the GM Flint Assembly Plant on February 5, 2019 in Flint, Michigan.
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GM's profit outlook is rising after announcing restructuring in November

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 11, 2019
Back in November, General Motors unloaded a big bummer of an announcement: five plant closures, about 15,000 layoffs and the dispensing of several car models. GM said all that would save $4.5 billion by 2020. Today, GM CEO Mary Barra…

GM Canada's company town has learned from past layoffs

by Emma Jacobs Dec 6, 2018
As the automaker's Oshawa, Ontario, plant has shed jobs, the local economy has been forced to diversify.
Image of the General Motors plant and headquarters in the 1940s.
Courtesy of the Archival Collection at the Oshawa Museum