GM Attrition Plan

General Motors' plan to cut down its hourly work force is going well nationally and in South Central Kentucky.

35,000 hourly workers have taken General Motor's buyout or early retirement offers. That surpasses the company's goal of 30,000.

304 out of 1,000 hourly employees of the Bowling Green General Motors Plant opted to take the attrition plan offered by the company.

The plant's manager, Wil Cooksey, says this move is a good way for both the employees and the company to move forward.

Cooksey says: "What some are doing is saying is this is great this helps General Motors and it also helps us."

Eldon Renaud, the president of the UAW Local 2164, says: "When they first heard about it everyone was excited and probably started putting numbers together saying can we do this?"

General Motors and the United Auto Workers came up with the plan to reduce its workforce and become more competitive.

Renaud says: "I guess anybody that's worked on an assembly line for 25 to 30 years is certainly interested in looking how to get off that assembly line and possibly start another career, or perhaps go back to school, or even retire and finish their working life."

Cooksey says he and his staff will begin assessing the needs of the plant so they can prepare for the future. He also says he'll also be looking at how many positions will need to be filled.

He says: "What we were told is that our workers are going to come from Saturn and Oklahoma to start with."

The employees who are opting for early retirement will leave on a staggered basis. Cooksey says they'll make sure the replacements have learned their new job and can do it in a quality manner. The final day employees could sign up for the plan was last Friday.

Workers have seven days from the time they decide to take the attrition plan to change their minds.

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