This time, union leaders and workers won't call this a surprise. Demand for the SSR roadster they make at the Craft Centre has plummeted, and production of the car with it.
When work resumed Monday after the shutdown, production rates had been cut from 70 to 40 cars per day. GM's cut yearly production from between 13,000 and 15,000 to about 8,500.
Union leaders had been concerned about marketing in particular, and they say the corporation has stepped up just recently. Many of us have seen the commercial featuring Duke University's basketball Coach K driving an SSR.
The workers will be laid off in the weeks of April 4 and April 11. They expect some permanent layoffs will follow. They had originally said those layoffs would be about 15 percent of the workforce, or 60 workers, and that they'd likely happen this week. Now, they say they may be smaller layoffs and they may happen after these temporary shutdowns.