A production slowdown at General Motors in Spring Hill will affect up to 300 employees, by either cutting their hours or their job position entirely.
“Spring Hill has been running at a higher line rate to fill the pipeline so dealers could meet strong customer demand in the fast-growing crossover segment,” said GM spokesperson Lauren Langille.
“This is a part of the cyclical nature of our business, where one minute, you are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and the next minute, you are back at 40 hours or reducing people.” – UAW 1853 Chairman Mike Herron
“We met this goal, and will adjust the line rate to maintain stable production, healthy inventory levels and provide the smallest impact to plant employment going forward. We’re not providing more detail about our plans or overall production strategy for competitive reasons.”
According to GM Authority, 250 to 300 part-time employees will either miss a week of work or be off the job indefinitely. The lay-offs will begin Monday.
United Auto Workers Local 1853 has been working to keep layoffs to a minimum, potentially capping them at 250. However, union officials said the layoffs are part of the “cyclical nature” of the business.
This is a part of the cyclical nature of our business, where one minute, you are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and the next minute, you are back at 40 hours or reducing people,” UAW 1853 Chairman Mike Herron, said in the statement on GM Authority.
He asked laid off workers to not be discouraged and quit.
The Spring Hill plant currently builds 2017 GMC Acadia, the 2017 Cadillac XT5, two engines and the upcoming 2018 Holden Acadia for foreign export. There is also an upcoming product likely to be added to the plant’s production.
Workers were notified of the possibility of layoffs, according to GM Authority, two weeks ago, but specific employees will be notified beginning on Monday, May 22.