April 30, 2008 / 3:12 AM / in 10 years

GM to cut truck production and negotiate union layoffs

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp on Monday said it would cut planned truck production at four North American plants in the coming quarter because of weaker demand for its full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

<p>The grill emblem on the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse is seen during the Chicago Auto Show February 6, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress</p>

GM said it would cut one shift of planned production at three Michigan plants and one in Oshawa, Ontario between July and September.

On a combined basis, the move will cut 88,000 units of full-size pickup truck production and 50,000 units of SUV production from GM’s planned output, the automaker said.

GM said it would negotiate layoffs prompted by the reduced production schedule with the United Auto Workers and Canadian Auto Workers unions.

Reporting by Kevin Krolicki, David Bailey; editing by Carol Bishopric

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