GM PLEDGES TO END LAYOFFS, MICHIGAN GOVERNOR SAYS

GM PLEDGES TO END LAYOFFS, MICHIGAN GOVERNOR SAYS

Gov. James J. Blanchard said General Motors has promised no more layoffs in Michigan in the foreseeable future, and he said the company may rehire some laid-off employees.

Based on my conversations with (GM President) Bob Stempel, . . . it is safe to say that in the foreseeable future, not only will there not be any more layoffs - and we can't afford any more - there may be some rehiring, Gov. Blanchard said Thursday night at a news conference.Gov. Blanchard repeated the statements during an appearance later in Flint, adding he has been told by GM officials that Buick City soon will call back some workers.

Jim Crellin, a spokesman for GM, could not immediately confirm Mr. Stempel's statement to the governor.

Department of Commerce Director Doug Ross said Gov. Blanchard's comments arose from a conversation he had Thursday with Mr. Stempel.

Mr. Ross said Mr. Stempel gave Gov. Blanchard the assurance after the governor said he planned to say during the Flint appearance that Michigan could not afford any more GM layoffs.

Mr. Ross said Mr. Stempel responded: We are not, at this point, we are not looking to shut down any more plants or lay off any more here in Michigan.

Eric B. Mays, chairman of the UAW Region 1C unemployment coalition, which he said represents about 10,000 laid-off GM workers, was skeptical.

I'll make a prediction that there will be more layoffs - and let's see who's right, me or the governor and Mr. Stempel.