AFL-CIO worries GM job cuts are a ‘smokescreen for offshoring’ 

The AFL-CIO labor union is actually worried which General Motors’ decision which week to halt production at several factories as well as also also cut thousands of jobs inside U.S. could be a pretext for sending work outside the country where labor costs are significantly cheaper.

“which situation is actually truly about whether or not GM is actually going to put completely new work into these plants or whether which is actually a smoke screen for offshoring work,” AFL-CIO policy director, Damon Silvers said on CNBC’s Power Lunch.

“GM is actually committed to maintaining a strong manufacturing presence inside U.S., as evidenced by our more than $22 billion investments in U.S. operations since 2009,” GM said in a statement. “Yesterday’s announcements support our ability to invest for future growth as well as also also position the company for long-term success as well as also also maintain as well as also also grow American jobs. Many of the U.S. workers impacted by these actions will possess the opportunity to shift to different GM plants where we will need more employees to support growth in trucks, crossovers as well as also also SUVs. GM’s transformation also includes adding technical as well as also also engineering jobs to support the future of mobility, such as completely new jobs in electrification as well as also also autonomous vehicles.We appreciate the actions which administration has taken on behalf of industry to improve the overall competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.”

The automaker said Monday which will begin phasing out the production of several vehicles at many factories inside United States as well as also also Canada.

GM has said which is actually cutting production of these vehicles in part because they are slow-selling, however Silvers said GM recently decided to start creating the Chevrolet Blazer SUV in Mexico, rather than the plant in Lordstown, Ohio which which plans to wind down.

GM includes a “particularly bad history” compared with Ford as well as also also Chrysler of looking to move jobs off shore he said.

Successful auto companies worldwide pay decent wages as well as also also benefits to high-skilled workers, Silvers said.

“The bottom feeders do things like exploit $2-an-hour wages, which is actually what GM pays in some of its factories in Mexico,” he said. “What we want them to do is actually to be in a first tier strategy which truly takes advantage of the skills as well as also also capacity … of America’s workers as well as also also America’s communities.”

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