1,300 jobs being cut at Warren Tech Center, the most at any GM facility

Nora Naughton
The Detroit News
General Motors Co.'s salaried job cuts will include the elimination of 1,298 jobs at the Warren Technical Center, according to a filing with the state of Michigan.

General Motors Co.'s salaried job cuts will include the elimination of 1,298 jobs at the Warren Technical Center, according to a filing with the state of Michigan.

With those jobs eliminated, the Tech Center will see the most cuts of any GM facility as the company continues a weeks-long process of cutting more than 4,000 salaried jobs.

It appears the layoffs in Warren will continue until Feb. 28, which GM says is the last day employees will appear in the company's payroll system. The automaker's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification is dated Feb. 4.

GM declined to comment on the specifics of the cuts to its roughly 20,000-person workforce in Warren.

According to the filing, employee compensation for wages and benefits will continue through April 9.  Beginning on Feb. 4, GM said in its filing, employees were being asked to stop reporting to work as their responsibilities will cease, but they will continue to be employed through April 9.

GM's Cadillac brand is officially moving to Warren April 1 to be closer to the automaker's engineering and design hub as it executes an onslaught of new product launches through 2021. The Cadillac team will occupy the former Lowe Campbell Ewald headquarters on Van Dyke, which has housed various Tech Center workers since GM bought the building in 2014.

Cadillac's staff is not subject to GM's current workforce reduction actions, as that staff was already right-sized as part of the move.

"Cadillac’s staffing and cost targets were achieved through the restructuring and relocation process that began late last year," GM said in an emailed statement to The News.

Some workers were offered the opportunity to move to Warren, while other positions were eliminated in the process. It's still unclear how many employees will move from New York to Warren. 

A majority of Cadillac's New York-based communications team — seven employees — are losing their jobs April 1, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

GM also transferred some 3,000 workers last year from Pontiac Powertrain to Warren in an effort to centralize electrification efforts. It's unclear if any of those jobs are in danger.

The reduction in GM's salaried workforce, which will be cut by 15 percent this year or by roughly 8,000 positions, is part of a larger restructuring of the automaker's global operations. Also included in the effort are plans to cut the global executive workforce by 25 percent and indefinitely idle five North American manufacturing plants later this year.

The moves are expected to save GM up to $2.5 billion this year and up to $6 billion by 2020. GM leaders have said the company needs to reposition for a future that it sees as driverless and emission-free while the automaker is in good financial standing.

GM reported pre-tax profits of $11.8 billion in 2018, including $10.8 billion in North America. This performance results in profit-sharing checks of up to $10,750 for qualifying GM-UAW workers.


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