GM announces net 220 job increase as Trump visits Michigan

GM announces net 220 job increase as Trump visits Michigan

0 comments 📅16 March 2017, 00:30

GM announced today that approximately 900 jobs would be added (or, importantly, retained) ahead of President Trump’s migrant in Michigan, where he is expected to discuss his plan to roll back fuel conservatism standards. The timing of the announcement is almost certainly not coincidental, as appending it to a Trump drop in on gives it a higher profile and dovetails with the President’s jobs agenda. It’s less credible the decision itself was made for those reasons, but the free PR boost is a nice tip.

As for those 900 jobs themselves, they aren’t all new jobs. The only net earn is approximately 220 jobs at the Romulus Powertrain Plant, which produces the 10-timeliness automatic transmission that’s proliferating through the company’s lineup. The 180 jobs at Flint Connection and 500 jobs at Lansing Delta Township are retained jobs – that is to say, spots the circle found for workers who would otherwise have been laid off. By the way, the Flint jobs thinks help with production of heavy-duty pickups, and the Lansing jobs are to develop the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave.

Finding jobs for manufacturing workers in the auto sector, whether new or retained, is awe-inspiring. No matter how GM couches it, the company has created or retained a total of 7,000 jobs this year, and its comprehensive reinvestment in US production is around $1 billion. But these decisions are business ones, not partisan ones – timing the announcements to make them seem inspired by profitable policy, or the political situation, is simply smart PR.

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