Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says he is working on a plan with union leaders to save hundreds of auto jobs following General Motors announcement that it will stop production at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.
General Motors wants to cut costs amid slowing car sales, in part by phasing-out sedans in favor of far-better-selling trucks SUV’s and crossover vehicles.
The Chevrolet Volt is on the way out potentially taking with it 15-hundred jobs at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant where it’s built.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says he told GM CEO Mary Barra closing that factory could have a dire effect on the entire region’s economy.
“And I reminded her that we moved thousands of people out of that neighborhood…hundreds of businesses…six churches and a hospital to create that assembly plant. And I felt that the city of Detroit deserved more consideration.”
Duggan says there may be other ways GM could use the property.
He adds that he is joining with the United Auto Workers to create a plan that could help both G-M and employees facing layoffs.