(CNBC) -- DETROIT – General Motors told more than 1,200 workers in the U.S. and Canada they were being temporarily laid off as of Monday due to the United Auto Workers’ ongoing strike against the automaker.
The fresh round of cuts is on top of an estimated 4,500 temporary layoffs GM and its suppliers handed out to employees as of Friday, according to Jerry Dias, president of Canadian trade union Unifor, which represents GM and other auto workers in Canada.
The latest furloughs include roughly 525 hourly employees at the automaker’s jointly-operated DMax engine facility in Ohio and about 700 people at GM’s St. Catharines, Ontario, powertrain plant, according to company and union officials. That brings the total number of workers temporarily out of jobs to 3,725 at GM and at least 2,000 employees at its suppliers. The total is likely significantly higher as there isn’t a way to track all of GM’s suppliers.
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