June 23, 2009

Objections say GM to move jobs overseas

Objections filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York said General Motor's Corp.'s plan to close a Michigan transmission plant would shift jobs overseas.

The objections filed by Michigan counties Wayne and Washtenaw and the City of Ypsilanti say GM's plans to close the Willow Run facility would move U.S. jobs to Mexico and France, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

GM has said it needed to consolidate six-speed transmission production due to reduced demand. Last week, however, local officials negotiated tax breaks with the company, hoping to provide a financial incentive to keep Willow Run open.

Since they made their determination, we hope we've made it more economical for them to operate at Willow Run than any other locations, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said.

In a separate objection, Wayne County joined with Oakland County and the City of Detroit to recoup about $2.2 million in back taxes and outstanding water and sewer bills owed by GM, the newspaper said.