Salaried at GM should expect more cuts

 


April 28, 2009

Salaried at GM should expect more cuts

BY JEWEL GOPWANI
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

As General Motors Corp. prepares to close more plants and shed more hourly workers, the automaker warned Monday that its salaried workforce also should expect further cuts.

"We’re going to go deeper. I anticipate that we will develop that game plan through the month of May," said GM CEO Fritz Henderson.

GM’s salaried headcount in the United States has already dropped by one-fourth over the past four years, from 39,000 in 2004 to 29,000 at the end of 2008.

Prior to Monday’s announcement, GM had already said it would reduce its U.S. salaried workforce to 26,250 by the end of this year.

Many of those job cuts came last week.

An 8-year GM salaried employee said she’s holding off on any big purchases as a result of the situation.

"Everybody is concerned," said the worker, who declined to be named for fear of losing her job. But, she added, "It’s business as usual until we find out more."

Contact JEWEL GOPWANI: 313-223-4550 or jgopwani@freepress.com

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