GM to cut third shift at Lansing Delta Township

Ian Thibodeau and Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Monday it will cut the third shift at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, effective May 12.

Monday’s move follows two other shift reductions in recent months at GM assembly plants in Michigan, bringing the total workers affected by the changes to some 3,200 hourly and salaried employees. A number of those workers will be laid off, while others may have been transferred to other plants.

The shift reduction will affect about 1,100 hourly and salaried employees at the plant, GM spokeswoman Erin Davis said. GM expects the number who will be laid off will be less than that figure after it places eligible workers into open positions at other plants. A WARN notice filed with the Michigan Workforce Development Agency put that number at up to 1,171.

The plant will employ 2,368, including 2,137 hourly workers represented by UAW Local 602, following the shift reduction.

The decision comes as GM plans in May to stop building the old-generation GMC Acadia, called the Acadia Limited, at the Lansing plant. GM moved production of the new-generation GMC Acadia to its Spring Hill Assembly Plant in Tennessee.

“The Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse will continue to be built at Lansing Delta Township as part of GM’s $583 million in investments in the facility since 2014,” GM said in a statement. “All-new versions of both models will be built at LDT this year.”

In November, GM announced it would cut the third shifts in January at its Lansing Grand River plant and its Lordstown car plant in northeastern Ohio to help meet falling customer demand for small cars. It also will ax the second shift at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant this month, cutting some 1,300 jobs. Those layoffs are slated to begin this week.

Congressman Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, in a statement issued Monday, said he is disappointed by GM’s decision to eliminate the shift at Lansing Delta Township.

“This is a very difficult day for many of the workers and their families,” he said. “I have visited the GM Delta Township Plant on numerous occasions, and the dedicated and hardworking men and women who work there represent the best of what Michigan has to offer. The auto industry is critical to our state's economy, and I will continue fighting for more jobs and opportunity for the workers who form the backbone of Michigan manufacturing.”