As two of GM's
big front-wheel-drive sedans -- the Cadillac DTS
and Buick Lucerne
-- continue their long slow march to retirement, the plant that builds them is facing the darkness before the hoped-for dawn. Workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant were informed on Tuesday that 767 of them would be losing their jobs just before Christmas. As sales of the two cars have lagged, GM has decided to cut one of the two shifts and the accompanying jobs. The news is not all bad for the Poletown plant as the recent GM-UAW contract revealed that they have been selected to build the next generation Opel
Zafira and some car called the Volt. If things going according to plan (which they always
do in this business) the plant should be back humming along at capacity in a few years.
[Source: Detroit News]