• Apr 20, 2009
According to General Motors spokesman Tom Wilkinson, the struggling automaker will shed 1,600 white-collar jobs by May 1 as part of its continuing restructuring efforts. The cuts, which are scheduled to begin this week, are part of a larger action to shed 3,400 white-collar jobs this year.

Details about what brands and/or aspects of GM's business will be most affected by the headcount reduction are not being disclosed at this time. According to the AFP news bureau, GM has thus far reduced its workforce globally by some 47,000 jobs (26,000 of which are outside of the U.S.), and it presently has about 200,000 employees.

[Source: AFP via Google | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So sad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how you always manage to post the worst possible picture of detroit...like every other F-ing news journalist...Yes Det has problems, just like any other city. Any other city, also has decrepid areas, you wouldn't want to have a picnic in... Why not show some pictures from the beautiful waterfront GM totaly revitalized...
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I love how you always manage to post the worst possible picture of detroit"

        IMHO Monica Conyers and the White Devil Eradication Brigade at Detroit City Hall do a much more complete job of making Detroit look bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think right now everyone's city is having problems and they just want to pump themselves up by pointing out someone else has it worse.

        A bunch of trolls were saying (during a Wings game) that the whole state of Michigan will be a ghost town soon since the state has 12% unemployment. Personally, I found that rather low since I'm in Silicon Valley and the unemployment in our "city" (Silicon Valley isn't really one city) is 11%. Given the cost of living out here, 11% jobless in this area will be far more devastating to people than 12% unemployment in Michigan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        See, Ben is a great example.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True or False: I can buy a house in Detroit for $2K.

        TRUE

        'Nuff said
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not really sure how this is a bad depiction of Detroit. Maybe its a reality check that Detroit is that run down??? These aren't pictures in the 8 mile, these are pictures right down the road from GM. Detroit is a city without major progress, and it finally has caught up with them (cobo center, surrounding area, etc...). I wish i could defend the city, i really do, its just out of every major US city i have been to (i've been to a good % in the US) Detroit still looks like Gotham City to me
        • 5 Years Ago
        I live in Detroit and go to the ren-cen often...this is NOT the media playing up the negative image of Detroit...it sucks...it really sucks...stop crying about it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        -Luis,
        I'd much rather live in the worst slums of America than to live 500 miles near the likes of YOUR Barney Fwank.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are there throngs of people on that waterfront?

        Our downtown Boston streets don't look like Detroit's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because either way it is still a dump.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Louis: would you classify these as "throngs"?

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/newspapermann/1072978561/
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/newspapermann/1073831094/sizes/l/


        probably half the time i tell people i'm from detroit, i see the person i'm talking to's lip curve up into a smug smile and i know what's coming next... some question about crime, poverty, jobloss, etc. It is absolutely disgusting that people get pleasure out of knowing that somewhere far away people are worse off than them and suffering. Why don't they just bust out a tap dance for slavery and the holocaust while they're at it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny, union discussions never get side tracked into the Detroit real-estate market.

      Where is all they whining and complaining about the white collar workers, and how bad it is that they are losing their jobs?

      They make good money, usually. How is that going to affect consumer demand in other industries?

      How is the loss of so many white collar workers going to affect GM's ability to do business?

      What other industries are going to absorb those workers, or are they going to remain unemployed, and start defaulting on their debts, worsening the financial market...

      Oh, I forgot. They aren't union, so all the whiners and pro-bailout advocates just tell them not to let the door hit 'em.

      Funny how that works.... Kind of 'ironical' or somethin'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BoxerFanatic,

        Once again, I failed to make my point. We all understand that white collar workers can be well paid. I was simply hoping to point out that that doesn't have to be the case. Most people assume that they're only at the high end, but they can cover the entire salary gambit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        damn typos... Where is the whining... not 'they'.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like Detroit is on a slippery slope
        • 5 Years Ago
        That picture is fuxing with my head.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's only a question of time before it turns into Australia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a nice picture of the OCP building in the background...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, I think I'm #1 of the 1600 to post on Autoblog.

      So is that FTW or no?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good luck. Rumor has it they'll try to foist a Pontiac G3 on you during the exit interview.
      • 5 Years Ago
      White-collar positions don't necessarily mean jobs where people are making $100-200k/yr. Some of these people most-likely earn far less than $100k/yr and have financial responsibilities that could involve a spouse and children. White collar positions may be those that may be located in GM's HQ building or in a test facility or some other auxiliary department. When these people lose their jobs, it's possible that they won't be able to find another with similar pay & benefits.
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