General Motors is laying off 680 workers at its plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, according to what GM officials are reported telling local television station WKRN.
“Today’s market conditions continue to evolve as we see the impact of Covid-19,” officials said in a statement to the station. “We believe the best way to react to this unforeseen change in our market is to reduce output and operate on two shifts effective immediately. This adjustment allows the plant to maintain stable production, protect the value of our brands in any sales environment, and to provide the smallest impact to plant employment going forward.”
Michael Herron, chairman of Spring Hill’s United Auto Workers Union chapter, confirmed to News 2 that the employees being laid off are part of the company’s “third shift.”
Herron said third shift employees were supposed to return this week before the layoffs were made official.
“They’re heartbroken, I’m heartbroken. We have outstanding folks that work on third shift and have a done a fantastic job,” Herron told WKRN.