Washington — General Motors (GM) on Friday said it is beginning to send formal notices to US government agencies of its plan to close automotive plants and cut thousands of jobs as it shrinks passenger car production in North America. The largest US vehicle maker said 2,800 hourly active US workers at four US plants that will end production next year are eligible for new jobs at other plants. GM said it currently has 2,700 current open positions at seven plants in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas. The company said more than 1,100 US employees at plants losing production have already volunteered to transfer to other GM US plants, while 1,200 are eligible to retire. With normal attrition rates, a GM spokesperson said the company is confident that all impacted hourly workers will be eligible for another job if willing to move to another plant. GM said many salaried employees at plants losing production “will have opportunities at other GM locations”. The formal la...

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