Layoffs at General Motors Wentzville plant affects 1,200

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WENTZVILLE, Mo. – More than 1,000 workers are facing layoffs at the GM’s Wentzville assembly plant.

Some employees said the cuts are due to a drop in sales blaming the COVID-19 pandemic and manpower shortages. Employees are expected to be laid off beginning July 20 and will be reduced to two shifts.

There are about 1,200 workers per shift at the plant and it’s unclear at this time how many will be cut. According to the Detroit Free Press, the layoffs will delay GM’s efforts to restock supplies of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks. 

Last month at least five workers at the GM plant had confirmed cases of COVID-19. The president of United Auto Workers Local 2250 called for GM to close the plant for two weeks for deep cleaning at the home. It had closed for two months because of the coronavirus. It then reopened with social-distancing and masks for workers. 

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