1,250 workers facing layoffs at GM truck plant in Missouri

About 1,250 third-shift workers at a Missouri General Motors plant that makes trucks and vans are facing temporary layoffs as the automaker restructures its assembly production amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The layoffs are expected to start July 20 at the Wentzville Assembly plant near St. Louis, which makes midsize pickups and full-size vans including the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“We believe in the short term a two-shift operation plan will allow us to operate as efficiently as possible and accommodate team members who are not reporting to work due to concerns about COVID-19 in the local community,” GM spokesman David Barnas told the Free Press. “We are working on a staffing plan that will allow us to return to three shifts as soon as possible.”

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