HAMTRAMCK (WWJ) – More than 1,000 autoworkers could soon be out of a job after General Motors announced it is cutting a shift at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant.

The automaker says it will eliminate its second shift production operations between March 6 and 19 in order to align production with current and forecasted market demand.

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The shift elimination will result in a layoff affecting 1,302 total workers — 1270 hourly and 32 salaried employees. GM says it will explore placement opportunities at other facilities for those affected.

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The shift elimination comes as GM announced it will temporarily close five factories in January — including the Detroit-Hamtramck plant — as it tries to reduce a growing inventory of cars on dealer lots. The shutdown is expected to last about three weeks.

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The Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac CT6 and the Buick LaCrosse are assembled at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant.