GM Announces Cuts

General Motors says it will have to major reductions in its workforce and operations.

GM says it will eliminate 30,000 jobs and close nine North American plants by 2008.

As a result of slumping sales, growing debt, and rising production and health care costs.

The company says it is trying to avoid bankruptcy as efficiently as possible.

GM's CEO says he's trying to turn the business around.

But one union official says General Motors can't simply cut jobs to be profitable.

United Auto Workers Local President Michael O'Rourke in Spring Hill, Tennessee, says GM needs to design "exciting products that the American people will buy."

GM has listed the Spring Hill plant as one that will be closed, but one production line will remain open there.

The GM Corvette Plant in Bowling Green won't be affected by the announcement.