DETROIT – Monday morning, General Motors announced a plan to lay off 15 percent of its salaried workforce across North America, robbing more than 8,000 employees of their jobs. The decision is expected to impact thousands of Michigan’s working families, as the Detroit-Hamtramck plant and Warren Transmission factory are two of the five plants slated for possible closure. In response, state Representative Patrick Green (D-Warren) issued the following statement:

“Thousands of our state’s hardworking men and women depend on these jobs to provide for themselves and their families. Clearly, corporate tax handouts are doing nothing to keep manufacturing jobs in our state, and that’s why as legislators we should be focusing on solutions that protect strong paychecks for our working families, not allowing wealthy CEOs to further pad their pocketbooks. I am hopeful that the upcoming negotiations with the UAW will be successful, and that GM will come to their senses so the employees of these two plants can remain on the job.”