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GM plans to deliver on its fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 earnings report on Wednesday.

The company says it will start to cut 4,300 salaried and contract workers worldwide this week, while 2,200 employees have already taken buyouts and another 1,500 contract workers were let go.

"This is about making sure that GM is lean and agile", Barra said in announcing the cuts, adding that the automaker wants to trim back some of its more bloated operations in order to help it fund its aggressive push into mobility services, such as autonomous ride-sharing, as well as electrified vehicles.

"This industry is changing very rapidly", said Barra at the time.

Ohio - Lordstown Assembly: Manufacturing plant for the Chevrolet Cruze. GM said in November it would end USA and Canadian production of the Chevrolet Cruze, Volt, Impala, the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac XTS and CT6 sedans. The Cruze compact will be discontinued in the US starting this year. At the time, the Detroit-based automaker announced it would seek to shed 8,100 salaried employees, shut down five assembly plants in North America, and kill off several slow-selling models.

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Plants in Baltimore, Maryland, and the suburban Detroit community of Warren, Michigan, which make powertrain components, have no products assigned to them after 2019 and are at risk of closure.

Many of GM's hourly workers in the United States and Canada have held protests and prayer vigils in a campaign to persuade the automaker to reverse its November 26 GM announcement to indefinitely idle five plants in North America.

The company also announced Monday that more than 1,500 US hourly or blue-collar employees have volunteered to transfer to other locations.

Media reports estimated the total job cuts of salaried staff and union workers at about 14,000, including about 6,000 union workers. "You don't know if you should plan ahead for anything or not?"