GM will start laying off 4,000 employees on Monday

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The job reductions, part of GM's previously announced plan to reduce its headcount by 15 percent, are coming after more than 2,000 employees accepted voluntary buyouts.

The cutbacks that GM says are created to help the company free up $6 billion for development of electric and self-driving vehicles and other industry innovations have been criticized by President Trump, whose base has been working-class middle America.

GM announced the layoffs in November at the same time it also revealed it also would close four of its plants in the United States and a fifth plant in Canada.

But the move enraged Trump, who repeatedly lambasted GM CEO Mary Barra over the decision. The company also announced plans to shutter facilities in Maryland and MI. It also is a site that Trump promised he would revive during his 2016 White House campaign. "You don't know if you should plan ahead for anything or not?"

He commiserated about the closures in a series of phone calls with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau.

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The exact timing of these layoffs remains unclear, however. President Donald Trump plans to deliver the annual State of the Union address a day earlier on Tuesday.

Overall, Trump is presiding over a strong American economy. More than 6,200 jobs are at stake.

Starting Monday, the job cuts will begin for salaried employees as GM seeks to eliminate 8,000 jobs by the end of this month, the Detroit News and Detroit Free-Press reported. Another 1,500 contracted employees are said to have not been offered an extension or renewal on their contracts.

GM is expected to release its fourth-quarter earnings report on Wednesday.

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