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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat who represents the Youngstown area, called on the president to take action.

More than 16 months ago, the UAW confirmed that it was discussing with GM the potential threat to plants and jobs from slumping US sedan sales. Barra said the industry is changing rapidly and moving toward electric propulsion, autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing, and GM must adjust. "These are things we are doing to strengthen our core business".

The union promised to comment further on the matter, once it obtains all the details during the meeting with GM representatives, planned on the same day as the announcement.

The assembly plants pegged for closure are Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, and Lordstown Assembly in Warren, Ohio.

The plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact vehicle also is on the list, and Barra said the Cruze would no longer be sold in the U.S. Production would stop March 1. The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid will also be cut along with the Chevy Cruze compact, which will be made in Mexico for other markets.

GM's move marks the first rounds of USA plant closings since 2010, though the automaker has eliminated shifts and laid off workers at some U.S. plants since early 2017 - including at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Michigan, plants now slated to be closed.

In addition, GM will close two U.S. propulsion plants - which produce batteries and transmissions - in Baltimore, Maryland and Warren, Michigan, as well two unidentified plants outside of North America.

'We want to be in front of it while the company is strong - and the economy is strong'.

The cuts come on the heels of surprisingly strong third-quarter earnings.

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The restructuring reflects the changing U.S. and North American auto markets as manufacturers continue a dramatic shift away from cars toward SUVs and trucks. The expenditures to bring those vehicles to production will start to hit with new batteries and body architectures created to generate profits. Canada and Ontario also backed a 2005 investment by GM to modernize the Oshawa plant's paint shop.

She now faces an uncertain future, not knowing whether the plant will close for good or if there's a chance it could find another use. The automaker has come under pressure from investors to return more cash in the form of share buybacks and dividends. Customers are increasingly shunning sedans in favor of SUVs and hatchbacks.

It also exited the European market in 2017 by selling its Opel-Vauxhall division to Peugeot; ceased manufacturing of vehicles in Australia; and has been aggressively investing in autonomous vehicles through its Cruise division - through which it intends to launch 20 new electrified vehicles by 2023.

"I am deeply frustrated with General Motors' decision", Portman said in a statement.

"I've moved my family twice for this company and they do this to me", a tearful worker told CBC TV as he left the plant.

On Sunday, the mayor told The Canadian Press that he hopes reports of the closure are "just a rumor".

Barra was scheduled to meet with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Monday following the automaker's announcement, a White House official said.

The company said the plan would make it more efficient, saving $6 billion a year by the end of 2020.

Actions are being taken to reduce salaried and salaried contract staff by 15 percent, which includes 25 percent fewer executives to streamline decision making.