Workers at north county GM plant losing jobs sooner than expected

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More than 100 of the 156 furloughed workers at GM’s Massena New York powertrain plant who thought they’d be returning to work this week instead are permanently losing their jobs.

The plant has been closed since before Christmas, but GM had said it planned to restart it on Monday. The company backpedalled from that plan Saturday, saying that most of the workers won’t be returning.

The only ones who will continue to work are those who work in machining and testing, though they’ll lose their jobs later this year when the entire plant closes.

GM had initially planned to close the Massena plant last year. Last August, amid spiraling gas prices, they said they keep it open until the middle of this year because of increased demand for parts it makes for fuel-efficient engines.

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