Sky Plant Spared Worst of Shutdown

From the News Journal: Joe Riccio, shop chairman for United Auto Workers Local 435, said workers at the Boxwood Road factory were upset that they first learned about the shutdowns from news reports. "We were worried that there was going to be a long, drawn-out shutdown over this thing," Riccio said. GM has already laid off hundreds of workers and cut production to a single shift at the facility, where the Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky and Opel GT roadsters are built. In the most recent cuts, 90 workers were laid off earlier this month as plant managers slowed production to accommodate slumping demand. During the shutdown, the factory's hourly workers will be on temporary layoff and eligible for state unemployment benefits, said GM spokesman John Raut. The automaker will pay workers supplemental wages to make their total income, including unemployment benefits, equal to 85 percent of their normal take-home pay.

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The Last Saturn Sale

Automotive News reports that General Motors is preparing what will likely be one last Saturn advertising campaign in an effort to sell the brand's last remaining 9,400 2008 and 2009 models. Susan Docherty, GM's newly appointed vice president of U.S. sales, told the trade publication that "starting next week, we'll have a print campaign which features that product. In the next 90 days, we'll have cleaned up that inventory. I'm not worried about it at all."