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GM slashing 14,700 jobs; may close five factories but Wentzville isn't one of them

The layoffs come as GM restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.

DETROIT — General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.

The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Most of the affected factories build cars that won't be sold in the U.S. after next year. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. They will be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.

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Plants without products include assembly plants in Detroit; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario. Also affected are transmission factories in Warren, Michigan, as well as Baltimore.

The plant in Wentzville was not mentioned in the news release from GM.

About 6,000 factory workers could lose jobs in the U.S. and Canada, although some could transfer to truck plants.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.