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Many salaried workers inside GM have said they and colleagues have been on pins and needles for the past two months, ever since GM said it would make involuntary cuts.

Starting November 2018, GM offered buyouts to 17,700 employees with at least 12 years of service in the US and Canada. This is part of the company's previously announced 15 percent workforce reduction that was announced back in November.

Two separate sources told NBC News that the number of workers who have negotiated separation agreements has escalated in recent weeks, though GM still needs to hand out pink slips to about 4,000 employees next week to meet its target.

The job cuts are part of what GM describes as efforts to improve its operating efficiency.

Most of the employees who will be part of this round of cuts are responsible for components for internal combustion engines and discontinued vehicle models.

'These actions are necessary to secure the future of the company, including preserving thousands of jobs in the United States and globally, ' GM spokesperson Pat Morrissey said, adding that the bulk of the cuts should be completed within the next two weeks. Yet its plans to cut thousands of jobs and close five plants sparked outrage late previous year from President Trump and congressional Republicans and Democrats.

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In all, about 4,000 workers in its North American operations will be terminated, part of a broader series of cuts expected to save the automaker billions of dollars and help it prepare for an expected slowdown of the US automotive market during the next several years.

The company says 2,200 white-collar employees took buyouts and 1,500 contract workers were let go.

GM said in November it would end USA and Canadian production of the Chevrolet Cruze, Volt, Impala, the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac XTS and CT6 sedans.

Barra and other executives have noted that not all the workers affected by the plant closings will lose their jobs.

In January, Comprehensive Logistics said it would cease operations at its facility in Lordstown that provides logistics and warehousing, a move that impacts about 180 jobs.


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