Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has announced that approximately 7,500 of its unionized employees in the U.S. have left their jobs through the company’s attrition program. Most will leave the company no later than April 1, 2009.

GM will fill job openings with current employees wherever possible, as spelled out in the provisions of its national labour agreement with the UAW. When new employees are needed, they will be hired at the entry-level wage and benefit structure. The extent of new hiring at each facility will be determined on a plant-by-plant basis.

In 2006, approximately 34,000 hourly employees left the company through a special attrition program, followed by another 19,000 hourly employees in 2008. The new announcement brings the total hourly reduction to just over 60,500.

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