• Dec 18th 2009 at 8:30AM
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There are roughly 4,000 GM employees working at the company's Renaissance Center headquarters in Detroit. During the restructuring, GM has been working out how many employees to let go and where to put the remainder, and that, for the state of Michigan, meant another few thousand workers unemployed.

To lessen the damage, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) has been in talks with GM to limit the number of retrenched employees. The General had committed to maintaining a workforce of 2,500 at the RenCen in exchange for a $50 million tax break over twenty years, but the number was recently reduced to 2,000. GM simply needs to do all it can to get itself back in contention.

The company will still receive the tax break and talks are continuing, yet while there aren't many details it's an intriguing deal to strike. This could be cynical of us, but GM has white-collar workers in numerous locations in Michigan, and we wonder if the company wouldn't simply shuffle people around to keep the required number at the RenCen but get rid of all the employees it feels it needs to. And when the company gets its new CEO, well, as we've seen before, he or she might plot a very different course than the one being charted now.

[Source: Detroit News | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      The solution is simple.

      1) Move all remaining employees from RenCen to the Tech Center in Warren
      2) Fence off most of Detroit city proper
      3) Knock everything over
      4) Flood city
      5) Let the surrounding communities enjoy the new lakefront property
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mr. Ramsey: The word is HALF, not halve. The plural of HALF is HALVES, as in Two halves. please fix.
        • 5 Years Ago
        halve: to divide into two approximately equal parts
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rich are getting Richer.

      Poor are getting Poorer.

      Michiganians are getting Dumber
        • 5 Years Ago
        If everybody does it why shouldn't they,and in the near future I expect states to pay companies to stay in their borders.
        • 5 Years Ago
        how exactly are the rich getting rich and the poor getting poorer by GM moving 500 people to a facility a whopping 10 miles away from where they currently work?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did not Alabama also offer tax breaks to auto makers like Mercedes and Hyundai?
        • 5 Years Ago
        And offered them to Kia and Volkswagon (but were outbid by Georgia and Tennessee) and won Honda and Toyota.

        That's GOOD news though, its okay when its a poor southern state and an import brand. The boo birds come out with its Detroit and an American company. /sarcasm.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great photo guys:)
        • 5 Years Ago
        It looks to me like someone waiting for a fistbump.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Should be called "The Dark Ages Center" instead of Renaissance.
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