On the day CEO Mary Barra outlined the largest round of job cuts and plant shutdowns in nearly a decade, General Motors also was having an orientation for new hires. Shrinking its employee ranks is part of its plan for the next economic downturn and the future, but GM also is working to change the makeup of the work force that remains.
General Motors' decision to right-size operations in the face of changing market conditions may have impressed analysts on Wall Street, but it did not play well among politicians here who have staked careers on improving conditions for the working class.
General Motors President Dan Ammann will step down from his role to become CEO of the automaker's Cruise autonomous vehicle unit. The move -- effective Jan. 1 -- emphasizes the importance of the operations to the future of GM, which plans to launch a public self-driving ride-hailing fleet in 2019.